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Alternative name: Small Sparrowhawk

Photo by mehdhalaouate
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2005
Accipiter nanus


23-28 cm. Small very dumpy sparrowhawk

  • upper parts steel grey
  • chest peachy orange/vinous becoming paler on belly
  • belly to undertail coverts white or whitish
  • thighs white
  • feet, legs chrome yellow
  • eye and eye ring chrome yellow (eye may be orangy)
  • cere dull yellowish, not prominent
  • bill dark
  • upper wings dark
  • under wings largely white but with black primaries (wing tips to as far as coverts on outer most primaries). Black trailing edge to wing. Sparse spotting/horizontal bars from inner primaries across other flight feathers
  • under tail may appear pale with dark bands or more uniformly greyish (depending on lighting)
  • upper tail dark with scarcely visible darker bands


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. In montane forests.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist lowland forests and moist montanes.



  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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