See the 2019 Raptors at Risk award winners!

Our 2019 Calendar—now just $5 each!

Order now or get one free when you donate.

Scientific Name:

Accipiter henicogrammus

Population Status:

Near Threatened

Body Length:






What makes a raptor a raptor?

Research Resources

Did you know?

  • The Moluccan Goshawk is also known as Gray's Goshawk, Moluccan Barred Goshawk, Halmahera Goshawk and Moluccan Barred Sparrowhawk

The Peregrine Fund doesn't work directly with the Moluccan Goshawk, but our efforts in scientific research, habitat conservation, education, and community development help conserve birds of prey around the world. 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.

Like the Galapagos Hawk, which is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, the Moluccan Goshawk is also an endemic species. When a species is "endemic" it means it is only found in one certain region, country or area. In the case of the Moluccan Goshawk it is found only in Halmahera, Indonesia.

The Moluccan Goshawk mainly lives in primary forests from sea level up to 1,300 meters. It is sometimes found along forest edges and in disturbed or degraded habitat.

Very little information is available about the behavior of the Moluccan Goshawk. We do know that if often sits very still, close to the trunk of the tree it is perched in, often preferring to spend time in shaded understory.

It is mostly a solitary species but can be also found in pairs or in small family groups of three - two adults and their offspring.

In 2012 the Moluccan Goshawk was categorized as a species of Least Concern. Today, sadly, it has been uplisted to Near Threatened. This is mainly due to the continuing destruction of their rainforest habitat because of logging, clearing for agricultural fields and development.

The Moluccan Goshawk is a stealthy hunter. It often waits for its prey from a hidden pearch in the understory of a forest. When it spots its quarry, it puounces down on it, capturing it in its sharp talons. The Moluccan Goshawk feeds on small ground-dwelling mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Sadly, no information is available on the breeding habits and biology of the Moluccan Goshawk!

The World Center for Birds of Prey offers fun ways to learn about birds of prey. Interactive activities, tours, interesting videos and a children's room with activities from coloring sheets to quizzes to costumes are all available for our guests. We also have knowledgeable, on-site staff to answer any questions you may have about Moluccan Goshawks or any other raptor species.

Photos needed! If you are a photographer and would be willing to donate photos of for use on this site, please email us.