Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster)


French: Épervier à poitrine rousse German: Schlegelsperber Spanish: Gavilán pechirrojo

Nisus virgatus rhodogaster


, 1862,

Gorontalo, Sulawesi


Possibly part of a species-group with A. erythrauchen, A. cirrocephalus and A. brachyurus. Validity of purportedly paler form butonensis has been questioned. Further, subspecific identity of Peleng population has been questioned, and suggested that it may belong with nominate#R; further study desirable. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. r. rhodogaster (Schlegel, 1862) – Sulawesi.
  • A. r. butonensis Voous, 1951 – Muna and Butung (off SE Sulawesi).
  • A. r. sulaensis (Schlegel, 1866) – Banggai Is (Peleng and Banggai) and Sula Is (Taliabu, Sanana and Mangole).
  • Descriptive notes

    26–33 cm; male 113 g, female 264 g (both juveniles); wingspan 46–62 cm. Small, vocal Accipiter with slate-black upperparts, short rounded wings and... read more


    Reportedly very vocal, including a rapidly delivered "hihihihihi..." at a rate of 20... read more


    Primary and old secondary forest, from sea-level up to 2000 m; also mangroves, environs of forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Stomach contents were insects, lizards, squirrels, mice and small passerines; structure suggests the species is mainly a bird-eater.... read more


    Virtually no information available, but an apparently active nest (stage unknown) attended by both adults on Peleng in late Mar/early Apr,... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and apparently uncommon; perhaps commoner than thought and may be less dependent on undisturbed forest than... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clark, W.S., Kirwan, G.M. & Jutglar, F. (2020). Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster). 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).