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Adult. Photo by THE_FERN.
Location: Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, July 2023

Alternative name: Spot-tailed Sparrowhawk

Accipiter trinotatus


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.

Photo showing immature by martinuk
Location: Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, October, 2009
Photo showing Juvenile with spotted tail by martinuk
Location: Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, October, 2009
Photo of Juvenile by Mark Harper
Dumoga, Indonesia, September 2016




Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests.



  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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