Breeding Ecology of the Northern Goshawk in Relation to Surface Gold Mining in Naturally Fragmented Aspen Forests of Northern Nevada

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Master of Science in Raptor Biology



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Marc J. Bechard


The northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is a large forest-dwelling accipiter found throughout the northern hemisphere from sea level to the limits of trees (Palmer 1988, Johnsgard 1990). In eastern North America, it breeds from the northern tree limit south to 40° N latitude. In western North America, its breeding range extends from Alaska southward through mountainous areas and higher elevation forests into Mexico (Brown and Amadon 1968) Goshawks prey on birds up to the size of ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) and small mammals as large as hares (Lepus spp.), and are typically the dominant diurnal avian predator in mature forests (Bent 1937, Schnell 1958, Mannan and Boal 1990).

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