Monroy-Ojeda et al. (2016) presented valuable information on rare raptors sighted in Veracruz, Mexico in the September 2016 issue of the Wilson Journal of Ornithology (WJO). However, the article also included observations of alleged Northern Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) that are not substantiated. The photo on page 635, figure 2 labeled as a Northern Goshawk and shown below, is actually an adult Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). Over the last 15 years, I have examined more than 10 photos of alleged goshawks taken in Veracruz and determined that all were of Cooper's Hawks, same result with one video of an alleged Northern Goshawk.

As part of the referee process, I had reviewed this manuscript for WJO and pointed out to the authors and editors that this photo is of a Cooper's Hawk. I recommended that they delete the records of Northern Goshawk unless they provided...

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