Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Pied Goshawk (Accipiter albogularis)


French: Autour pie German: Elsterhabicht Spanish: Gavilán pío

Accipiter albogularis

G. R. Gray

, 1870,

San Cristobal, Solomon Islands


Traditionally thought to form a species-group with A. melanochlamys, A. haplochrous and A. rufitorques. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. eichhorni E. J. O. Hartert, 1926 – Feni Is (E of SE New Ireland, in E Bismarcks).
  • A. a. woodfordi (Sharpe, 1888) – Solomon Is from Bougainville S to Guadalcanal and Malaita.
  • A. a. gilvus Mayr, 1945 – New Georgia Is (C Solomons).
  • A. a. albogularis G. R. Gray, 1870 – San Cristobal, Uki, Santa Ana (SE Solomons).
  • A. a. sharpei (Oustalet, 1875) – Santa Cruz Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    33–43 cm ; male 170–250 g, larger female 365–440 g; wingspan 60–80 cm . Medium-sized Accipiter, with relatively long wings, heavy bill and... read more


    Not well known and considered to be probably silent outside breeding season, when gives musical... read more


    Tropical rain forest, forest edge, secondary growth, clearings, native gardens and edge of towns;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known: small birds (including starlings Aplonis) and nestlings, rarely up to size of domestic chicken, but also species... read more


    Roller-coasting aerial sky-dance displays noted from pairs, as well as steep vertical dives and high circling; perhaps also slow flapping... read more


    No information available, but species presumably sedentary as inferred from racial variation... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Appears to be common, at any rate in parts of range, but biology and population trends virtually unknown. Habitat subject... read more

    Recommended citation

    Debus, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pied Goshawk (Accipiter albogularis). 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 20 January 2020).