Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Black-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter melanochlamys)


French: Autour à manteau noir German: Schwarzmantelhabicht Spanish: Gavilán rufinegro

Urospizias melanochlamys


, 1876,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Traditionally thought to form a species-group with A. albogularis, A. haplochrous and A. rufitorques. Race schistacinus poorly differentiated, somewhat paler dorsally, but differences possibly confounded by sexual characters or plumage wear of specimens; species sometimes treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. melanochlamys (Salvadori, 1876) – Doberai Peninsula (NW New Guinea).
  • A. m. schistacinus (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1913) – montane C & E New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    32–43 cm; male 172–256 g (n = 4), female 294 g (n = 1); wingspan 65–80 cm. Medium-sized Accipiter. Adult unmistakable, with... read more


    Calls described as loud, high-pitched "kya...kya...kya" and rapid series of "di di di" notes rising... read more


    Montane rain forest, cloud forest, forest edge, secondary growth and adjacent native gardens, from... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly birds, including Papuan Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii); also small mammals, frogs and insects. Flies through... read more


    Nests (presumably typical of genus) built in tall trees, including Pandanus, within forest; a male was in breeding condition in... read more


    Unknown; no records outside normal range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread in all montane areas of mainland New Guinea but lives in remote, rugged and densely forested areas and is seldom... read more

    Recommended citation

    Debus, S. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Black-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter melanochlamys). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).