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Goshawk (Corsican-Sardinian subspecies)
Accipiter gentilis arrigonii

Map of the common names


Accipiter gentilis can be distinguised from other raptors of the same size (L 50 cm) by its short rounded wings, long tail, brilliant white supercilium, lead-grey above and longitudinal white spots on breast. The subspecies arrigonii, smaller and darker, inhabits deciduous forests, coniferous forests and evergreen non resinous forests. Feed on birds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The subspecies is endemic of Corsica and Sardinia. The global breeding popualtion is estimated to be about 100 pairs. It should be noted that the population in Corsica is declined significantly. The main threats are the limited population, the loss and deterioration of habitat (overgrazing, fires, forest exploitation), illegal hunting and pesticides contamination.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : a few tens of pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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