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Scientific Name:

Accipiter albogularis

Population Status:

Least Concern

Body Length:

data deficient


data deficient


data deficient

What makes a raptor a raptor?

Research Resources

Did you know?

  • Even though the Pied Goshawk is relatively common throughout its limited range, very few people have ever studied this species and therefore, very little is known about it.

Though The Peregrine Fund doesn't work directly with Pied Goshawks, our efforts in scientific research, habitat conservation, education, and community development help conserve raptors on a global scale. We also supply literature to researchers from our avian research library, which helps scientists around the world gather and share important information on raptor conservation.

The Pied Goshawk is found on the Solomon Islands, which are located in the South Pacific Ocean. It lives in a variety of different habitats from rainforests to forest edges, and from clearings to open secondary growth. It might also be found in gardens and even along the edges of human inhabited towns. It occurs more commonly at higher elevations up to at least 1800 masl.

The word "pied" means having two or more different colors and is often used to name birds that are black and white. In the case of the adult Pied Goshawk, it has a dark, slate grey to black back, wings, head and tail and its upper and lower belly and underwings are white. It has a rufous collar on the nape of the neck, a yellow cere, yellow legs and yellow to reddish eyes.

Biologists who have observed this species noted that they seem to be quite comfortable around people and not at all wary, allowing humans to get quite close to them. The flight of this species has been described as "light and slow."

The Pied Goshawk is described as a solitary species, though up to three have been observed together on at least one occasion. It often can be seen sitting on tree stumps or other low exposed perches, and sometimes soaring.

Even though the Pied Goshawk has a relatively small distribution range, it appears to be doing quite well. Its population is estimated to be betwen 1,000 and 10,000 individuals. However, because this species hasn't been studied very much at all, there is always the possibility that it is in decline, or facing threats such as habitat loss, which scientists are unaware of.

The Pied Goshawk has quite a varied diet which includes birds, such as starlings, doves, sunbirds and even domestic chickens, as well as insects, and lizards, including Water Monitor lizard (Varanus indicus).

Very little information is available about the Pied Goshawk's breeding habitas and biology. We know that these hawks build their own nests and that both adults work together to construct the nest. One nest that was discovered was located in a venua tree in the crotch of a limb 20 m from the ground. The nest measured about 6 inches in depth and 10 inches in diameter. Another nest was also located in a banyan tree in riverine forest.

No one has reported how many eggs are laid, how long eggs must be incubated for or even how long nestlings stay with their parents while in the nest, or at what age they fledge. There is a lot to learn about this species.

The World Center for Birds of Prey offers fun ways to learn about birds of prey. The visitor center has interactive displays, tours, interesting videos and a children's room with activities from coloring sheets to quizzes to costumes and a touch table for the curious mind. We also have several different birds of prey on display year-around. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have about Pied Goshawks or any other birds of prey.

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