Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Near Threatened

Madagascar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter madagascariensis)


French: Épervier de Madagascar German: Madagaskarsperber Spanish: Gavilán malgache

Accipiter Madagascariensis

J. P. Verreaux#R#R

, 1833,



Recent phylogenetic analyses indicated that present species and A. ovampensis form a well-supported clade#R. Traditionally considered to form a species-group with A. nisus, A. rufiventris and perhaps A. striatus, possibly including also A. ovampensis. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

29–42 cm; female 285–348 g; wingspan 50–69 cm. Small to medium-sized Accipiter with small bill, short rounded wings and mid-length dark-banded tail... read more


Mormally gives single, short, high-pitched and squeaky or mechanical “whik”, “... read more


Usually in canopy or midstorey of primary rainforest, gallery forest and, in SW, dry thorn-forest... read more

Food and feeding

Small birds up to size of Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis), Madagascar Magpie-robin (Copsychus albospecularis) and Madagascar... read more


Laying recorded in Oct and perhaps Nov. Builds a stick nest, lined with finer twigs, 20–28 m above ground in forest tree (once an... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Widespread, but uncommon to rare. Poorly known species, often misidentified. BirdLife puts... read more

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C., Kirwan, G.M. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Madagascar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter madagascariensis). 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 24 February 2020).