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Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mark Harper
East Mount Tongkoko, North Sulawesi, Sept., 2016
Nisaetus lanceolatus

Spizaetus lanceolatus


Photo © by darwin1601
Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, December 2018

56–64 cm (22-25¼ in)

  • Rufous-brown head and upperparts
  • Dark brown wings
  • Cream chest with dark brown vertical streaks
  • Black and white barred underparts
  • Broad, round-tipped wings

Juveniles: white head and underparts


Endemic to Sulawesi, Banggai and Sula islands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. Forests.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly placed in the genus Spizaetus.


Primary and secondary forests, from sea-level to around 2000 m.



Photo © by Mark Harper
Lore, Lindu, Sulawesi, Indonesia, September 2016

There is little information, but they are believed to prey on small and medium-sized birds, mammals, snakes and lizards.


They are thought to breed from May to August.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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