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Photo © by Tony Saw
Tapokolintang, Sulawesi, September 2009

Alternative name: Sulawesi Crested Goshawk

Accipiter griseiceps


  • upper parts dark (sometimes vinous) brown
  • head grey, contrasts with mantle
  • crest small, usually hidden
  • throat white with central black stripe
  • chest and most of belly white with strong black vertical streaks/stripes
  • lower belly and under tail coverts white
  • thighs have fine black and white horizontal barring (may be difficult to see)
  • upper wings dark.
  • under wings largely white (coverts completely white) with sparse horizontal dark bars on flight feathers
  • upper tail with dark horizontal bars on dark grey background
  • under tail with horizontal dark bars (may be difficult to see) and large white outer tail feathers
  • facial skin, cere and eye yellow
  • feet deep yellow


Indonesia: breeds on Sulawesi, Muna and Buton. Resident.



This is a monotypic species[1].


Forest, sometimes also in mangrove swamps and cultivated areas.



  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/

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