Accipiter francesiae pusillus Gurney, 1875:358

Anjouan Island sparrowhawk, Ndzuwani goshawk, Joanna Island goshawk



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Scelospizias pusillus Gurney, 1875:358 (original combination); Astur francescii pusillus Gurney, 1875:358; Accipiter francesii pusillus (Gurney, 1875:358)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1958


This subspecies may still be extant (Safford & Hawkins, 2013).



Anjouan, Comoros Islands


Biology & Ecology







A watercolour painting of the Anjouan Island Sparrowhawk can be seen here:



Original scientific description:

Gurney, J. H. (1875). Notes on a 'Catalogue of the Accipitres in the British Museum,' by R. Bowdler Sharpe (1874). Ibis (3) 5(17-20): 353-370.

Other references:

Anonymous. (1964). List of rare birds, including those thought to be so but of which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 10(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

Benson, C. W. (1960). The birds of the Comoro islands: results of the British Ornithologists’ Union Centenary expedition. Ibis 103: 5-106.

Herremans, marc, Louette, Michel, Stevens, Jan and Meirte, Danny. (2011). Record breeding densities of Frances’s Sparrowhawk Accipiter francesiae, and effects on bird communities in the Comoros. Phelsuma 19: 1-26.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292.

Louette, M. (2000). Evolutionary exposition from plumage pattern in African Accipiter. Ostrich 71: 45-50.

Louette, M., Abderemane H., Yahaya I., and D. Meirte, with the assistance of Cael, G., Doulton, H., Marsh, C., Meganck, B. and D. Monticelli (eds.). (2008). Atlas des oiseaux nicheurs de la Grande Comore, de Mohéli et d’Anjouan. Studies in Afrotropical Zoology 294. [incomplete citation]

M. Louette, M. Herremans, Z.T. Nagy, L.-A.R. de Rolands, K. Jordaens, J. van Houdt, G. Sonet, and F.C. Breman. (2011). Frances’s sparrowhawk Accipiter francesiae (Aves: Accipitridae) radiation on the Comoro Islands. [incomplete citation]

Safford, Roger and Hawkins, Frank. (2013). The Birds of Africa: Volume VIII: The Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mascarenes. A&C Black. 1024 pp.

Scott, Peter (ed.). (1965). Preliminary List of Rare Mammals and Birds, pp. 155-237. In: The Launching of a New Ark. First Report of the President and Trustees of the World Wildlife Fund. An International Foundation for saving the world's wildlife and wild places 1961-1964. London: Collins.

Wikipedia Contributors. (2012). Anjouan Sparrowhawk. Available online: [Accessed 19/7/2012]


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