Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)


New Britain Goshawk (Accipiter princeps)


French: Autour de Mayr German: Prinzenhabicht Spanish: Azor de Nueva Bretaña

Accipiter princeps


, 1934,

Balayang, Baining Mountains, New Britain


Thought to be close to A. poliocephalus, of which formerly considered a race, but is larger and more robust, with some differences in adult plumage. Monotypic.


New Britain.

Descriptive notes

38–45 cm, female larger than male; wingspan 75–86 cm. Medium-sized to large Accipiter with slate-grey upperparts (darkest on crown, wings and tail... read more


Apparently undescribed.


Hill and montane primary rainforest, at 760–1425 m, but recorded to 1600 m, with a single... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach of one specimen contained insects; another killed and ate a Melanesian Ground-thrush (Zoothera talasea) caught in a mist-... read more


No information available.


Unknown; no records outside normal range. Suspected to be fairly sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Very poorly known; rare to scarce. Small population likely in decline owing to deforestation. Confined to New Britain, where known from four specimens... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S., Kirwan, G.M. & Christie, D.A. (2020). New Britain Goshawk (Accipiter princeps). 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).