any of several powerful, short-winged hawks, as Accipiter gentilis, of Europe and America, formerly much used in falconry.

before 1000; Middle English goshauk, Old English gōshafoc. See goose, hawk1

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goshawk (ˈɡɒsˌhɔːk)
a large hawk, Accipiter gentilis, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having a bluish-grey back and wings and paler underparts: used in falconry
[Old English gōshafoc; see goose1, hawk1]

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O.E. goshafoc, lit. "goose-hawk," from gos "goose" + hafoc "hawk" (cf. O.N. gashaukr).
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Vocalizations are included for use in surveying for northern spotted owl and northern goshawk.
The northern goshawk, a state endangered species, nests in mature and old tree habitat.
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