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Photo © by THE_FERN.
Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, July 2023

Alternative name: Spot-tailed Sparrowhawk

Accipiter trinotatus


Photo © by martinuk
Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, 1 October, 2009

26-30 cm.

  • head and upper parts grey. Mantle slightly darker than head
  • chest with pale peachy suffusion becoming whiter towards belly
  • belly and under tail coverts off-white, buffy; becoming whiter distally
  • under wing largely pale with dark primary fingers and a dark edge to the wing all the way around: leading and (especially) trailing edge. Primaries with more or less prominent black barring
  • under tail blackish with prominent white spots which look like bars
  • upper tail blackish with two prominent white central lozenge-shaped white spots
  • facial skin peachy orange
  • legs chrome yellow
  • eye very large, dark
  • bill dark


Sulawesi, Talisei, Muna and Butung islands in Indonesia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests.



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  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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