Grey-headed goshawk

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Grey-headed goshawk
Accipiter poliocephalus 1860.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: A. poliocephalus
Binomial name
Accipiter poliocephalus
(Gray, 1858)

The grey-headed goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus) is a lightly built, medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.


The upperparts are grey, paler on the head and neck; the wings are dark; the underparts are mainly white; the cere and legs are red-orange. The body is 30–38 cm long; females are larger than males.


The grey-headed goshawk is endemic to New Guinea and adjacent islands. It has been recorded from Saibai Island, Queensland, an Australian territory in the north-western Torres Strait.


It lives in forests, forest edges and secondary growth.


It eats small reptiles and insects.


This species nests in tall trees on a platform of sticks and leaves.


  • BirdLife International. (2006). Species factsheet: Accipiter poliocephalus. Downloaded from on 9/12/2006
  • Coates, B.J. (1985), The Birds of Papua New Guinea, Vol. 1, Non-Passerines. Dove: Alderley, Queensland. ISBN 0-9590257-0-7
  • Morcombe, Michael. (2000). Field Guide to Australian Birds. Steve Parish Publishing: Queensland. ISBN 1-876282-10-X