Accipiter gentilis (Northern Goshawk)

Found:
30.11.-0001
Added:
22.08.2018

Discussion

Hello, I don't remember the specific origin of these feathers (but they are from central Spain), I doubt between sparrowhawk and goshawk. Are different size the unique difference between these species's feathers? Thanks!
Val
You guessed it right, the small one is from a eurasian sparrowhawk and the large one is from a northern goshawk.
Manuel Castel
Thanks! Exist any difference between these species without the size data?
Moritz
And both Feathers are from juvenile .
Val
Yes, apart from the obvious size difference, the difference that these 2 species always have in their feathers is that sparrowhawks have a very simple pattern (dark tip and anterior vane and a half-dark half-light posterior vane), while goshawks usually have a dark anterior vane and a posterior vane with a half-dark half-light coloration but a more complex pattern (with some extra tiny dots and lines here and there), usually a darker and (rarely) more yellowish hue and some also posess a noticeable dark outline (again, in the posterior vane) something that sparrowhawks don’t have. Hope this helps!
Manuel Castel
Amazing! A lot of thanks!
StS
p (below) eurasian sparrowhawk, s (above)

Identification

Accipiter gentilis (Northern Goshawk)
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