Accipiter gentilis

Scientific Name:Accipiter gentilis
Common name:Northern Goshawk
Rank and Status   
Global Rank:G5 Native Status:Native
Subnational (State) Rank:S3 Endemic:No
US ESA Status:None Sand Dunes:No
NNHP Tracking Status:At-Risk List Wetland:No
Other Agency Status Status Last Updated Status Comments
Bureau of Land Management - Nevada Sensitive BLM Nevada Sensitive Species List dated 2017-10-01
US Forest Service - Region 4 (Intermountain) Sensitive USFS list, Jan 2015 update
US Forest Service - Region 5 (California) Sensitive USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region [R5], Sensitive Animal Species by Forest, updated 09/09/2013
US Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Sensitive USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region [R5], Sensitive Animal Species by Forest, updated 09/09/2013
State of Nevada Protected Sensitive Birds NAC 503.050.3
Nevada Wildlife Action Plan - 2012 Species of Conservation Priority
Nevada Wildlife Action Plan - 2005 Species of Conservation Priority
Nevada Partners in Flight Priority Bird Species
CCVI Score Moderately Vulnerable Conf. VH; Factors contributing to increased vulnerability are climate change mitigation, physiological hydrological niche, disturbance, and other species for habitat.
Distribution (NV Counties)

Status: Predicted or probable

El Dorado Churchill Lander Storey
Placer Eureka Lyon White Pine
Carson City Humboldt Pershing

Status: Confident or certain

Elko Washoe
Summary Occurrence Data
Occurrence Count:33
Total Observed Area (hectares):Not Available
Maximum Known Elevation (m):2682
Minimum Known Elevation (m):2048
Accipiter gentilis data at NatureServe
Accipiter gentilis photos and data at Encyclopedia of Life
Character Abstract
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Food Habits:Preys on a wide variety of vertebrates and, occasionally, insects. Prey items include tree squirrels, ground squirrels, lagomorphs, and various bird species. During the nesting season, the diet can vary with prey availability.
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Habitat Comments:In Nevada, forages in open sagebrush adjacent to riparian aspen stands (Younk and Bechard 1992, cited in Squires and Reynolds 1997). Aspens are a key feature in most of NV, though in the Sierras will use conifers. Nests are generally constructed in the largest trees of dense, large tracts of mature or old growth stands with high canopy closure (60-95 %) and sparse groundcover, near the bottom of moderate slopes, and near water or dry openings (Bull and Hohmann 1994, Daw and DeStefano 2001, Hargis et al. 1994, Reynolds et al 1982, Siders and Kennedy 1994, Squires and Ruggiero 1996, Younk and Bechard 1994). May use same nest in successive years and may use another hawk nest as a base.
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