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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Superorder Passerimorphae
Order Accipitriformes
Infraorder Falconides
Family Information
Family Accipitridae
Sub-family Accipitrinae
Genus Information
Genus Accipiter
Species Information
Species A. virgatus
Population statistics
Population >100,000 (2016 est.)
Conservation status Least concern[1]

The besra (Accipiter virgatus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, one of many of the genus of Accipiter, or true hawks, and found throughout much of southern and eastern Asia.


The besra is a medium-sized hawk, about 12.9 inches in length. The top of the bird to the tail is dark gray, with the tail barred in black. The throat to the belly and legs are barred in brown over white, while the sides of the chest are rufus in color. Iris yellow, black beak, yellow feet and legs. Females are slightly larger than males; they, and young birds, are brown rather than gray, with less rufus on the chest.


  • Accipiter virgatus abdulalii; India: Andaman and Nicobar islands
  • Accipiter virgatus [affinis or kashmiriensis]; northern India and Nepal, eastward to central China and Indochina
  • Accipiter virgatus besra; southern India and Sri Lanka
  • Accipiter virgatus confusus; Philippines: Luzon, Mindoro, Negros and Catanduanes islands
  • Accipiter virgatus fuscipectus; Taiwan
  • Accipiter virgatus nisoides; Myanmar, Thailand and northern Malay Peninsula
  • Accipiter virgatus quagga; Philippines: Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Siquijor and Mindanao islands
  • Accipiter virgatus quinquefasciatus; Indonesia: Flores and Lesser Sundas
  • Accipiter virgatus rufotibialis; Indonesia: Borneo Island
  • Accipiter virgatus vanbemmeli; Indonesia: Sumatra Island
  • Accipiter virgatus virgatus; Indonesia: Java and Bali islands