Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Plain-breasted Hawk (Accipiter ventralis)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is now lumped within Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus).


French: Autour à gorge rayée German: Andensperber Spanish: Gavilán Andino

Accipiter ventralis

P. L. Sclater

, 1866,

Bogotá, Colombia


Often considered race of A. striatus, or alternatively of A. erythronemius, forming superspecies with these two and A. chionogaster; group split on grounds of differences in morphology, ecology and probably also behaviour. Monotypic.


Hills and mountains from N & SE Venezuela and Colombia through Ecuador and Peru to W Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

28–33 cm. Dark grey above; tail with 3–4 thin grey bands; thighs deep rufous to reddish chestnut brown. Polymorphic: underparts usually cinnamon rufous, barred... read more


Rather silent outside breeding season. Calls include a fast series of yelping notes “... read more


Forested mountain slopes from upper tropical to temperate zone, often at forest edge, in woodlots,... read more

Food and feeding

Little known, but reported to chase birds from a concealed perch, as do closely related species.


One female in breeding condition collected in Colombia in Jun. Nest undescribed, but presumably stick nest in tall trees.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently fairly common in parts of range; propensity to use second growth suggests no grounds for immediate concern.

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr & Boesman, P. (2019). Plain-breasted Hawk (Accipiter ventralis). 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 18 January 2019).