Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Meyer's Goshawk (Accipiter meyerianus)


French: Autour de Meyer German: Meyerhabicht Spanish: Azor de Meyer

Astur Meyerianus


, 1878,

Ansus, Yapen Island, New Guinea


Possibly a member of the putative A. gentilis species-group (which see). No races described, but polymorphic and individually variable. Monotypic.


Taliabu (in Sula Is)#R, Halmahera, Obi, Seram, Boano and Seram Laut (Moluccas) through N & E New Guinea, including islands of Yapen, Karkar and Bagabag, to Bismarck Archipelago (Umboi, New Britain, Watom and apparently Manus) and Solomon Is (Vella Lavella, Kolombangara, Nggatokae and Guadalcanal).

Descriptive notes

43–53 cm; male 530 g, female 1100 g; wingspan 86–105 cm. Large to very large Accipiter with long rounded wings, large-headed appearance (protrudes in... read more


Fairly high-pitched, slightly hoarse and upslurred screech "ka-ah" given at rate of 1... read more


Hill and montane rainforest, including partially logged areas, forest edge, forest interior along... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Birds of many species, commonly including Papuan Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii); also free-ranging domestic... read more


Poorly known. Season apparently long, from austral winter to early summer: copulation observed late May/early Jun; specimen in breeding... read more


Unknown; but some records (e.g. that on Watom) may be indicative of dispersal rather than residency... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Scarce, apparently low-density species seldom encountered by ornithologists, although range has been recently expanded to... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S., Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Meyer's Goshawk (Accipiter meyerianus). 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).