Chinese Sparrowhawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter soloensis
Malay Name: Helang-Sewah Cina
Chinese Name: 赤腹鹰
Alternative Name(s): Chinese Goshawk

Found from Siberia, China to Korea and wintering to Southeast Asia


Size: 29-35 cm

Adult Chinese Sparrowhawk can be easily separated from other accipiter species by its dark greyish upperparts, prominent orange-yellow cere, virtually unmarked underwing-coverts and black-tipped primaries. Male has dark red eyes and pink-washed breast while female has yellowish eyes and more rufous-washed breast. Juvenile resembles juvenile Japanaese Sparrowhawk but has very little to moderate markings on underwing-coverts and no yellowish eyering. Both adult and juvenile shows four prominent fingers in flight.

Similar looking species: Crested Goshawk, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Besra

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded areas, open country, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Tuas South, Changi, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Bidadari, Kent Ridge Park, Mount Faber, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Sungei Buloh, Kranji Marsh and Pulau Ubin.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Accipiter soloensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
DeCandido, R., Nualsri, C., Siponen, M., Sutasha, K., Pierce, A., Murray. J. & Round, P. D. (2014) Flight identification and plumage descriptions of six Accipiter species on southbound migration at Khao Dinsor, Chumphon province, Thailand. BirdingASIA 21: 52–62.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.