Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Near Threatened

Dwarf Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nanus)


French: Épervier des Célèbes German: Archboldsperber Spanish: Gavilancito de Célebes
Other common names: Sulawesi Dwarf Sparrowhawk, Small Sparrowhawk, Sulawesi Small Sparrowhawk

Erythrospizias trinotatus nanus

A. W. H. Blasius

, 1897,

Rurukan, Sulawesi


Has been thought to be close to A. gularis and A. virgatus, but little evidence for this. Monotypic.


Mountains of Sulawesi; in S only on Buton (Butung)#R.

Descriptive notes

23–28 cm; no data on body mass; wingspan 44–54 cm. Small, vocal Accipiter, almost identical in adult plumage to sympatric A. rhodogaster and... read more


Gives a thin, high-pitched “kiliu”, this sometimes followed by “extraordinarily... read more


Mountain and hill forest mainly from 900–2250 m, more rarely down to 550 m. On Buton, found... read more

Food and feeding

Preys on grasshoppers, cicadas and other large insects; also small birds (including young poultry) and snails. Recorded feeding on lizard.... read more


Virtually no information. One nest probably of this species reported, discovered in Jun, a smallish structure on branch next to trunk of... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Very poorly known, and difficult to identify. Uncommon to rare on Sulawesi, where considered the... read more

Recommended citation

Clark, W.S., Kirwan, G.M., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Marks, J.S. & Bonan, A. (2020). Dwarf Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nanus). 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 27 February 2020).