Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)


Gundlach's Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi)


French: Épervier de Cuba German: Gundlachsperber Spanish: Gavilán cubano

Accipiter Gundlachi


, 1861,

Hanábana, Cuba


Very closely related to A. cooperii (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. g. gundlachi Lawrence, 1861 – W & C Cuba.
  • A. g. wileyi Wotzkow, 1991 – E Cuba.
  • Descriptive notes

    40–46 cm; female 675 g; wingspan 74–84 cm. Simlar to but intermediate in plumage between A. cooperii and A. bicolor, differing... read more


    Commonest call a loud “kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek....” similar to that of A. cooperii... read more


    Not specialized: populations of W & C Cuba nest in low submontane (under 800 m) evergreen... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information available, but thought to feed nearly exclusively on birds. Recorded prey items include parrots, pigeons and doves,... read more


    Poorly known, but data accumulating; several nests reported at or around swamp of Ciénaga de Zapata, in W Cuba, including one on 12... read more


    Considered sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. CITES II. Has small range in which very small and extremely fragmented population has, until recently, continued to decline. Since middle of first decade of 21st... read more

    Recommended citation

    Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Christie, D.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Gundlach's Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi). 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).