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Henst's Goshawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Ben Rackstraw
Ranomafana N.P., Madagascar, November 2006
Accipiter henstii


52–62 cm (20½-24½ in)

  • Brownish-grey upperparts
  • Greyish underparts with fine barring




This is a monotypic species[1].


In the east, they utilise mostly primary forest; however they seem to use dry forests in the west, mainly below 1000 m.



It hunts below the canopy for birds and small mammals. Main prey items are large forest birds, sometimes poultry and small mammals such as rats and civet.


They construct a large nest of about 100 cm dia.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. iucnredlist.

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