Accipiter quartus   (Balouet & Olson)

Gracile Goshawk
(Accipiter quartus)

syn. -


New Caledonia: Grande Terre

local name: -

size: ca. 30 - 35 cm (length)

extinction date: (?)

This goshawk species was described in the year 1989 from subfossil bone material that was found on the island of Grande Terre.

When alive, the Gracile Goshawk was slightly smaller than the extant White-bellied Goshawk (Accipiter haplochrous (Sclater)), another endemic species of New Caledonia.

The species died out in the later Holocene, very likely only after its home was colonised by humans.


- Jean Christophe Balouet; Storrs L. Olson: - Jean Christophe Balouet; Storrs L. Olson: Fossil Birds from Late Quaternary Deposits in New Caledonia. Washington, D. C. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 469. 1989