Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

White-breasted Hawk (Accipiter chionogaster)

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: Épervier à poitrine blanche German: Weißbrustsperber Spanish: Gavilán Ventriblanco

Nisus (Accipiter) chionogaster


, 1852,

Cobán, Guatemala


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


Highlands of Central America, from S Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca) through Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to NC Nicaragua.

Descriptive notes

c. 30 cm. Uniform dark grey above; white below with fine blackish streaks on feather shafts of chin, throat and upper breast; thighs show hint of pale rufous; tail dark with... read more


Pine forests or mixed pine and oak forests up to temperate zone; also in cloud forest, montane rain... read more

Food and feeding

No information available; presumably feeds extensively on birds, as do close relatives.


No information available; presumably uses stick nests in tall trees.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Status uncertain; relatively restricted range and extensive deforestation within this range suggest that careful monitoring is merited.

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr (2018). White-breasted Hawk (Accipiter chionogaster). 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 13 December 2018).