Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

These are fairly secretive birds, though noisy when breeding. The smaller male can be difficult to distinguish from the female Collared Sparrowhawk. Their habitat is woodland and they move readily through the suburbs from areas such as Canberra nature reserves and the Murrumbidgee River corridor.

Numbers have fluctuated over the survey and are now trending slowly downwards. There are more sightings during late summer and autumn. This is when young are about to fledge and the parents have peak demands on them. As well, recently fledged young would be moving into the suburbs. R=60. BR=96.