Like other birds of prey, Henst’s goshawk is an accomplished predator, with acute eyesight, a powerful bill, and sharp, curved talons (5). With this armoury, it hunts and feeds on forest birds, poultry and mammals (2), including lemurs. It is capable of taking a range of lemur species, from the smallest to one of the largest, capturing and returning to its nest with a lemur weighing up to four kilograms (6). The Henst’s goshawk hunts mainly from a hidden perch (2), but will also search for prey as it flies swiftly through the forest; rarely does it soar over the forest canopy (2) (6).
Henst’s goshawks construct large nests of sticks in the main fork of a tree, occasionally within a eucalyptus plantation. Eggs are laid from October to November, from which hatch white, downy chicks (2).