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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Birds - Northern Goshawk

The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) nests in trees, building a new nest each year. It hunts birds and mammals in woodland, relying on surprise as it flies from a perch or hedge-hops to catch its prey unaware. Animals as large as hares and pheasants are taken for prey. Its call is a fierce screech.

The length of the Northern Goshawk is 21-26 inches and the wing span up to 29-37 inches.

The Goshawk can be found in Boland Ridge Trail and Cold Brook Canyon Trail.


Did You Know?

Porcupine in tree

Porcupine babies are called porcupettes. When they are born they have 15,000 quills. Porcupettes are born in the spring and, lucky for mom, the quills are soft. They can climb trees within an hour of birth. More...