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Moluccan Goshawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Andy Livermore
Weda, Halmahera, Indonesia, October 2014
Accipiter henicogrammus

Alternative name: Halmahera Goshawk


37-48 cm. A medium-sized to largish Accipiter with a rather heavy bill.

  • Dark slate upperparts
  • Rufous underparts
  • Inconspicuous dark tailbands
  • Yellow bare parts

Juveniles are strongly barred with a white-streaked head, white bars over back and wing-coverts and greener and paler bare parts.

Similar species

Can be confused with Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk which is smaller, shorter-tailed, has a rufous collar and a whiter throat and a greyish belly. The local subspecies of Variable Goshawk is paler above, can have a rufous collar and is paler below with less white barring.


Photo by James Eaton
Labi Labi, Halmahera, Indonesia, September 2004

Endemic to the northern Moluccas, found on Halmahera, Morotai and Bacan (Indonesia).
An uncommon restricted-range species. Threatened by habitat loss.


This is a monotypic species.
Sometimes regarded as conspecific with Brown Goshawk or Grey Goshawk.


Moist lowland forests and moist montanes. Occurs from sea level up to 1300 m.



Feeds on reptiles, small birds, small mammals and insects. Sits for a long time inconspicuous on a perch and surprises its prey with a quick dash.


Collage of immature. Photo © by THE_FERN. (NB please replace this image when a better one is available) Foli, Halmahera, Indonesia, July 2023

Nest with youngs observed in mid October on Halmahera. No other information available.


Presumably a sedentary species.


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  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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