An aptly named hawk of lowland African forest, identifiable by its distinctive profile as it flies through open areas. This species’ long, black-and-white striped tail contrasts with its white vent and rump. Also shows a slate-gray back and head, solid rufous underparts, and a white throat. The rare dark morph appears blacker above, with slate-colored underparts. Gives a loud scream, one second long, that falls in pitch toward the end, often followed by a second, louder scream. Overlaps with the smaller Red-chested Goshawk, but note the disproportionately long tail.