Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
This Northern Goshawk was injured in February 2009 as a sub-adult. Found in Kersey, Colorado, he had severe head trauma and a fractured right humerus (upper wing bone). The head trauma left him with vision deficits making him non-releasable. In 2010 he molted into adult feather plumage and his eye color changed to the adult colored red.
Northern Goshawks are the largest accipiter species (forest dwelling) of North America. These hawks are well built for maneuvering between trees, chasing food on the wing. Because of their hunting style, it isn’t often that people are able to get a good look at how beautiful these birds are. As an educational ambassador he is able to allow people to see and appreciate this often hard to see bird.