Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Fiji Goshawk (Accipiter rufitorques)


French: Autour des Fidji German: Fidschihabicht Spanish: Gavilán de las Fiji

Astur rufitorques


, 1848,



Traditionally thought to form a species-group with A. melanochlamys, A. albogularis and A. haplochrous. Formerly considered race of A. fasciatus, but separated by plumage. Monotypic.


Fiji Is (except SE islands).

Descriptive notes

30–42 cm, female larger by 11–25%; male 190–209 g, female 281 g; wingspan 58–73 cm. Medium-sized Accipiter, with smoky grey upperparts and... read more


Noisy (especially in evenings) around nest or when with fledged young, giving a strident "ki... read more


All wooded habitats, from dense forest to cultivated areas with some trees and urban parks; sea... read more

Food and feeding

Small birds up to size of Peale's Imperial-pigeon (Ducula latrans), occasionally chickens and especially the introduced Common... read more


Season Jul/Aug–Nov/Dec, with most laying in Sept/Oct; exceptional records in Feb–May may represent late renesting, after... read more


Breeding adults presumably sedentary. Juveniles disperse to urban non-breeding territories in Feb;... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Small range and total population (speculated to be several thousands), but density high and there is still much original... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Fiji Goshawk (Accipiter rufitorques). 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 7 December 2019).