Carnivorous, feeding principaly on birds and medium-sized mammals. It supplements its diet with invertebrates and reptiles.
Up to 11 years in the wild. The females’ survival rate is higher, mainly because of their higher body mass, which is an advantage during winter.
The female incubates 2 to 4 eggs during 28 to 38 days. The chicks stay in the nest until they are 34 or 35 days old. Then they begin to move from the nest to adjacent branches. Their first fly occurs when they are 35 to 46 days old.
The Northern goshawk doesn’t have much natural predators. The great horned owl, falcons, eagles, owls, marten, and wolf can attack the chicks.