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Ather

Goshawk

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: Male

Appearance

3/5

Friendly with owner

2/5

Friendly with family

1/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Song-vocal quality

1/5

Mimics sounds-words

0/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

1/5

Viciously aggressive, extremely powerful hawk with a penchant for violence

By

United States

Posted Aug 10, 2015

The goshawk has an exceptional prowess against larger quarry, like wild geese, cranes, rabbits, and ducks. It is also the most practical, utilitarian hawk or falcon to own, as goshawks are renowned for their productivity in hunting - in the Middle Ages, they were known as 'cook's hawks' because they brought more prey to the kitchen than any other bird. You can get a consistent food supply from these birds during ever season but winter, if you live in an area with abundant prey.

The goshawk is notorious for its ability to maim its owner. More than any other bird, I have scratches and gore-marks from the goshawk. This is because they live in areas where there are large amounts of predators - bears, wolverines, humans, and various other beasties of the forest go after goshawk nests - and goshawks fight viciously to defend their nest against these animals. This makes them one of the more dangerous birds, but they are actually not that difficult to train. They learn quickly, dropping prey at the falconer's feet within the first week of training. However, if you startle the goshawk, or if a dog or cat comes near it, or if anyone but you comes near it, you can expect blood to be spilled.

Overall, the goshawk is one of the most popular falconry birds because of its ability to hunt, but it's not good as a family bird.

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