Crested Goshawk

The Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus) is the only resident accipiter in Singapore.

There are 11 subspecies, mostly with restricted range, except for indicus, which has the widest range from north India east to China and south to Singapore [1].

The one in Singapore is of race indicus.

In Singapore, it is listed as a rare resident breeder.

It can be told apart from other accipiters by a short crest, yellow eye-rings, 6 fingers, short wings when perched, thick tail bands, thick tarsi. Adult is grey above; pale below with streaks on throat and breast, and bars belly; yellow irises. Male has grey head sides, while female has some brown colour.

Crested Goshawk perched Crested Goshawk perched
Adult, Jurong Lake, 21Oct2011 ©Tan GC

Crested Goshawk perched Crested Goshawk perched
Adult, Telok Blangah, 20Feb2011 ©Danny Lau

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Individual #1, Jurong Lake, 14Jan2012 ©Lau JS

Crested Goshawk perched Crested Goshawk perched Crested Goshawk perched
Individual #2, Jurong Lake, 14Jan2012 ©Lau JS

Juvenile have brown upperparts; and pale underparts with spots.

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Juvenile, Mt Faber, 2Oct2011 ©Danny Lau

Crested Goshawk perched Crested Goshawk perched
Juvenile, Eton Hall, 26Jan2014 ©Danny Lau

It preys on small mammals, small birds, reptiles.

Crested Goshawk feeding Crested Goshawk feeding Crested Goshawk closeup
Juvenile feeding on Common Fruit Bat, Bishan Park, 16Aug2015 ©Con Foley

It mainly inhabits woodlands.

Crested Goshawk nesting

Male building nest, Mt Faber, 20Mar2016 ©Danny Lau

It has been sighted at Ang Mo Kio, Bishan Park, Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah, Central Catchment, Changi, Goldhill Avenue, Jurong Lake, Kent Ridge, Kranji Dam, Mt Faber, Neo Tiew, Pasir Ris Park, Punggol, Pulau Ubin, Sembawang Park, Telok Blangah, Zoo.

Crested Goshawk perched Crested Goshawk perched
Wild bird nesting, Singapore Zoo, 13May2014 ©Tan KH

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