Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Black Sparrowhawk (Accipiter melanoleucus) - HBW 2, p. 162

French: Autour noir German: Mohrenhabicht Spanish: Azor Blanquinegro
Other common names: Great Sparrowhawk, Black/Pied Goshawk, Black-and-white Sparrowhawk/Goshawk

Taxonomy: Accipiter melanoleueus [sic] A. Smith, 1830, South Africa.
May form superspecies with A. gentilis, A. henstii and even A. meyerianus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • temminckii (Hartlaub, 1855) - Senegambia E to Gabon, Congo and Central African Republic.
  • melanoleucus A. Smith, 1830 - E Sudan and N & W Ethiopia; Gabon and Zaire E to Kenya and S to Angola and South Africa; Pemba and Zanzibar.

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