Help with Feather Identification

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Christina Webster
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Help with Feather Identification

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out which bird these feathers belong to.

I have been holidaying with family in Koroit (South West Victoria) and found them in the yard.

A friend thought them from either an owl or raptor.  The feather on the left also has a barred pattern, although it's more visible on the underside.  They're all around 21cm long.

Any help would be much appreciated!

With Thanks,


Woko's picture

Hi Christina. So far nobody has taken up your challenge & I'm not about to. I strongly suspect species identification from feathers is a very specialized task so you'll need to keep your fingers crossed that a BirdsinBackyarder with the requisite knowledge & skills comes across your post. Good luck!

Lightuningbird's picture

Gosshawk feathers, pretty shaw. rather common small brown raptor. A tail feather, secondary wing feather and a primary feather.

Wimmera mally region, Vic.

Christina Webster
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Thank you Lightuningbird for your insight.  I had been slowly whittling down the list of species in the area and the Brown Goshawk definitely looked like a good possibility.

Thanks Woko for your response also.  Yes, I'm coming to realise how complex feather identification can be!  There doesn't seem to be many resources for Australia at all! 

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