Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Near Threatened

Semi-collared Hawk (Accipiter collaris)


French: Épervier à collier interrompu German: Halsbandsperber Spanish: Gavilancito torcaz

Accipiter collaris

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

New Granada = Bogotá, Colombia


Formerly considered a subtropical counterpart and close relative of A. superciliosus, but this is apparently erroneous (see that species). Monotypic.


SW Venezuela (Mérida, Táchira and NW Barinas) S, on W & E slopes of Andes, through Colombia (where recorded also in Santa Marta and NC Andes) to Ecuador; recent range extension of 1500 km to S Peru (Cuzco), and subsequently discovered in Amazonas and San Martín (N Peru)#R.

Descriptive notes

25–30 cm; wingspan 43–53 cm. Blackish crown and nape, with broken white nuchal collar (separating it from smaller and shorter-tailed A. superciliosus,... read more


Only known vocalization is a series of four slightly rising high-pitched penetrating tones given in... read more


Forest and forest edge, mostly subtropical and moist or wet, at 1300–1800 m in Venezuela, 500... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data available; presumably takes mostly birds, including hummingbirds and observed attacking a flock of Dusky Bush-tanagers (... read more


No information available.


No information available, but a record from Meta (Colombia) lies outside the otherwise known range. read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Little-known species with apparently small population; rare in general, locally somewhat more numerous. Known... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Christie, D.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Semi-collared Hawk (Accipiter collaris). 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).