A common medium-sized forest hawk of West and Central Africa with a gray back and head, a white throat, and broadly rufous sides and chest. Birds from Cameroon westward have finely banded chests, but birds farther east have relatively uniform rufous underparts. All populations have rather short, rounded wings and relatively long blackish tails with bright white tail bands. Calls are sharp ”wik!” notes. Visually very similar to Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk, but Red-chested Goshawk is much larger and far more common. Can also be confused with Long-tailed Hawk, but Red-chested Goshawk has a shorter tail, darker upperparts, and a clean white throat.