Gabar Goshawk

Scientific Name:
Micronisus gabar
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Gabar Goshawk

The Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar) is a bird of prey native to sub-Saharan Africa.


Gabar Goshawks inhabit a variety of wooded habitats, including savannas, woodlands, scrublands, and open forests. They are often found in areas with scattered trees or dense vegetation, which provide suitable perches for hunting. These goshawks are adaptable and can also be found in semi-arid regions and human-modified landscapes, including agricultural areas and suburban areas with suitable habitat.


Gabar Goshawks are relatively small raptors, measuring approximately 28 to 36 centimeters (11 to 14 inches) in length. They have a compact build with short, rounded wings, a long tail, and a hooked bill designed for tearing flesh. Their plumage is predominantly gray or slate-blue on the upperparts, with a barred or mottled pattern, while the underparts are lighter with fine streaking. Best Viewing The best places to view Gabar Goshawks are in wooded habitats within their range. Look for them perched on tree branches or soaring overhead as they search for prey. These goshawks are often seen hunting from elevated perches, such as dead trees or tall shrubs, where they can survey their surroundings for potential prey.