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Hawks have short, usually-rounded broad wings, and long tails. Both the Sparrowhawk and the Goshawk live year-round across all of Europe.

Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis   –   Autour des palombes

The Goshawk is very similar to the Sparrowhawk, but almost twice as big.

Size

48-61 cm

Distinctions

It differs from the Sparrowhawk also with a long pale stripe above the eye. It has shorter wings than buzzards, eagles, harriers and kites; the tail shorter than harriers and kites, but longer than buzzards and eagles.

Habitat

Forests of all kinds.


Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus   –   Epervier d'Europe

The male Sparrowhawk is very dark grey, and the female a lighter grey. Both have barred underparts, the male rufous and the female grey-brown.

Size

28-38 cm

Habitat

Prefers woods or wooded areas with fields.