Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis)


French: Épervier de Horsfield German: Froschsperber Spanish: Gavilán ranero
Other common names: Chinese Goshawk

Falco Soloënsis


, 1821,

Solo, Java


Sometimes considered part of a species-group with A. badius, A. butleri, A. brevipes and A. francesiae. Recent phylogenetic analyses#R, however, found that present species and A. francesiae comprised one clade and A. badius and A. brevipes another clade (no molecular data were available for A. butleri). Monotypic


Russian Far East (S Ussuriland) and Korea; C & E China. Winters from extreme SE China, S through Borneo, Philippines and Sulawesi to N Moluccas and W Lesser Sundas (E to Flores), rarely W New Guinea and W Micronesia.

Descriptive notes

25–35 cm; male 106–140 g, female 125–204 g; wingspan 52–62 cm. Smallish Accipiter with long wings, proportionately short tail and heavy bill... read more


Vocalizes only in breeding season, especially early on; sharp "keee-keee-keee..." in... read more


Forests and wooded areas, including plantations, often near paddyfields or wetlands, where most of... read more

Food and feeding

Main prey probably frogs (especially in breeding season); also large insects, such as grasshoppers, dragonflies and beetles, frogs, as well... read more


Laying in early–mid Jun (Korea, perhaps slightly earlier in NE China), with aerial courtship displays commencing late May, and young... read more


Almost completely migratory, although sedentary in Taiwan. Some birds winter in SE China, in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common at least in some areas, and total population probably sizeable. Large number of birds observed on migration in Japan... read more

Recommended citation

Orta, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis). 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).