A very rare and little known, powerful raptor of foothill and lower montane forest interior. Black crown, dark wings with chestnut edged shoulders, heavily streaked chest and barred belly. Yellow legs, eye and base to the bill. Often hunts birds either from soaring or from a perched position. The common morph adult is distinctive but black morph or juveniles are similar to the equivalent forms of Meyer’s Goshawk, but Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk is usually found at lower elevations and has a yellow rather than dark eye. Call is a loud upslurred note similar to that of Meyer’s Goshawk.