90% of nests in SE Alaska are located in old growth forest. Nest in large western hemlock dominated forests with dense canopy and shrub layer. Nest trees either Sitka Spruce or Western Hemlock. Radio telemetry studies of birds in Southeast Alaska showed an avoidance of young forests and clearcuts in this subspecies (Iverson et al. 1996). The Queen Charlotte Goshawk forages in continuous forests and is less associated with edges compared to the species elsewhere. Habitat generalist, but nest sites specific.
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