Powerfully-built forest-dwelling hawk, uncommon across much of range. Adults are distinctive if seen well: overall gray, paler below, blackish crown and cheek, white eyebrow, and red eye. Immature very similar to Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Cooper's Hawk, but larger and broader-winged with a more prominent white eyebrow, heavier streaking below (Eurasian Sparrowhawk barred below), and typically streaked undertail coverts. In most suburban areas, Cooper's and Sparrowhawk are more likely; goshawk typically requires extensive mature forest. Very aggressive around the nest. Feeds on large prey such as hares and grouse.