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Photo by Megan Perkins
Nallan Station, Western Australia, Australia, November 2007
Accipiter cirrocephalus


Length 30-40cm (12-16in.) Wingspan 55-80cm (21.5-31.5in). Females larger
Grey upper body with chestnut half collar; gray chin, but rest of underbody from chest to tail is finely barred in rufous and white. Long, thin yellow legs. Very long middle toe.


Widespread and common throughout Australia and New Guinea in appropriate habitat.


The scientific name is also spelled cirrhocephalus. [2],[3]


Photo by Weiss1
Yarraville Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, March 2009

Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • A. c. papuanus:
  • A. c. cirrocephalus:


Forests and fields.



Expert and fast flyer that typically takes its prey (mostly small birds) in flight.


Its flat nest is built from twigs and sticks, lined with fresh leaves. The female incubates, and broods the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Birds in Backyards

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