Pacific Baza (species: Aviceda (Aviceda) subcristata) in Carrai NP (Gaia Guide)
Aviceda (Aviceda) subcristata
Pacific Baza

©Tom Tarrant: Pacific Baza (Aviceda (Aviceda) subcristata)

©Stephen Michael Barnett: Pacific Baza (Aviceda (Aviceda) subcristata)

©Arthur Chapman: Pacific Baza (Aviceda (Aviceda) subcristata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Aviceda
Species Aviceda (Aviceda) subcristata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a slender, medium-sized hawk with a distinctive crest. Its upperside is mainly dark brown, with a grey head and yellow eyes. It is conspicuously barred white and dark brown on the breast and on the underside of the tail and flight feathers. Females are slightly larger than males. (Wikipedia)


  • From 43 cm to 46 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females
  • From 35 cm to 40 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males


  • From 80 cm to 110 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in coastal and subcoastal areas of northern and eastern Australia, Wallacea, New Guinea and adjacent islands. (Wikipedia)


It has a distinctive hunting behaviour. When potential food is spotted in the treetops from above, the Pacific Baza lifts its wings into a distinctive Vee shape and dives briskly into the canopy to devour its prey.

It feeds on stick insects (especially when breeding) as well as other large insects, tree frogs, lizards, small birds and fruit. (Wikipedia)

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