The body length is 30–40 cm (11.8–15.7 in) and the wingspan is 55–80 cm (21.7–31.5 in).
Females, which weigh 240 g (8 oz) as adults, are noticeably larger than males, which weigh 125 g (4 oz).
The upper plumage is grey with a chestnut collar; the underparts are mainly rufous, finely barred with white.
It is similar to the Brown Goshawk but smaller.
It feeds mainly on small birds caught in flight; occasionally insects.
It nests in trees on a platform of sticks and twigs. The clutch size is usually 3 or 4.
The incubation period is about 35 days, with chicks fledging about 24–33 days after hatching.