Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Near Threatened

Moluccan Goshawk (Accipiter henicogrammus)


French: Autour des Moluques German: Halmaherahabicht Spanish: Azor moluqueño

Astur henicogrammus

G. R. Gray

, 1861,



Sometimes regarded as race of A. fasciatus or A. novaehollandiae, but differs significantly in plumage and structure. May represent old endemic element of Moluccas. Monotypic.


N Moluccas: Morotai, Halmahera, Bacan and perhaps some small neighbouring islands.

Descriptive notes

37–48 cm; wingspan 64–75 cm. Medium-sized to largish Accipiter, with heavy bill. Dark slate above and rufous below in adult, with inconspicuous darker... read more


Only known recording (context unknown, but perhaps territorial call) is of a rather sharp,... read more


Forest interior, occasionally forest edge, from sea level up to 1300 m (but mostly above 200 m). read more

Food and feeding

Preys on reptiles (lizards), small birds (including young Dusky Scrubfowl Megapodius freycinet), small mammals and insects (... read more


No information available. May not use display flight; has not been reported to soar.


Apparently sedentary, although juveniles presumably wander to some extent.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Endemic to Northern Maluku Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia. Apparently uncommon, but unobtrusive;... read more

Recommended citation

Clark, W.S., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Moluccan Goshawk (Accipiter henicogrammus). 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).