Known for their gray feathers and red-orange eyes, the northern goshawk is an elusive predator. Both juvenile and adult goshawks share a distinct, white eye-stripe on their brow, however juvenile body feathers are brown which will change to gray in adulthood.
These forest hawks are agile hunters; quickly flying through thick brush. A long, rudder-like tail and broad, rounded wings allow them to pass through obstacles other large birds could not manage. This allows for the goshawk to hunt birds and small mammals in dense brush.