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This small to medium sized Accipiter species displays remarkable geographical and individual variation (Louette 2010).
It is one of the commonest raptors in African forests and woodlands. Yet, the species can be easily confused with others of the same genus due to its quite extensive individual morphological variation related to age and sex.
Many characteristics should be taken into account before a definite identification can be made in those areas where it occurs alsongside other Accipiter species. Though it cannot be excluded that individuals occasionally occur outside their normal range, this must be rare, because African Goshawks are sedentary. Therefore, the locality is an important clue for the taxon identification (Louette 2010).