Pinskers Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri)

Pinskers Hawk-Eagle

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Nisaetus pinskeri | [authority] Gould, 1863 | [UK] Pinskers Hawk-Eagle | [FR] Aigle de Pinsker | [DE] Pinkseradler | [ES] Aguila-azor de Pinkser | [NL] Pinskers Kuifarend


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Nisaetus pinskeri OR Philippines, except Luzon and Palawan.


Nisaetus is a genus of eagles found mainly in tropical Asia. They were earlier placed within the genus Spizaetus but molecular studies show that the Old World representatives were closer to the genus Ictinaetus than to the New World Spizaetus (in the stricter sense). They are slender bodied, medium sized hawk-eagles with rounded wings, long feathered legs, barred wings, crests and usually adapted to forest habitats

Physical charateristics

The plumage on the upperparts is light brown, and the dark brown tail is striped with four to five darker, narrow bands. It has a barred brown, black and white belly. The head and underparts are reddish-brown with black streaking, and the throat is whitish. The wings are broad and rounded and barred flight feathers can be seen in flight. it is smaller than the Philippine Hawk-eagle of which it is often considered a subspecies.

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Oriental Region : Philippines, except Luzon and Palawan.


Occurs in forest and advanced second-growth from lowlands to over 1,900 m in montane mossy forest. Perches in concealed locations in canopy and often soars.


No data

Feeding habits

Prey not recorded, but probably feeds on birds


This species is not recognized by BirdLife International, but the Philippine Hawk-eagle, including the purported N. pinskeri populations, is designated as Vulnerable. As treated here, the separate species should probably be classified as Endangered. Both taxa are suffering from continuing habitat loss in many parts of their respective ranges and also from hunting and trapping pressure
Based on molecular evidence, Gamauf et al. (2005a, 2005b) recommended treating these populations as a separate species from N. philippensis, and Preleuthner and Gamauf (1998) had earlier shown that there are distinct morphological and plumage pattern differences between the two forms. (


Probably non-migratory

Distribution map

Pinskers Hawk-Eagle distribution range map

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