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Pied Goshawk
Accipiter albogularis

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Stable.

Other Names: White-throated Goshawk, Pied Sparrowhawk, Pied Hawk.

Accipiter albogularis
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Distribution: Australasian. BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO (Feni Island) and throughout the SOLOMON ISLANDS. more....

Subspecies: 5 races. A. a. albogularis: SOLOMON ISANDS (San Cristobal, Santa Ana); A. a. eichhorni: BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO (Feni Island); A. a. gilvus: Central SOLOMON ISLANDS; A. a. sharpei: Santa Cruz Island; A. a. woodfordi: Northern, eastern, and southern SOLOMON ISLANDS (Bougainville to Guadalcanal and Malaita, except for New Georgia Group).

Taxonomy: Forms a superspecies with A. melanochlamys, , and A. rufitorques (Mayr 1957, Mayr and Diamond 2001).

Movements: Non-migratory, but juveniles disperse from breeding areas (Bildstein 2006).

Habitat and Habits: Frequents rainforest, forest edges, clearings, open secondary growth, garden areas, and the edges of towns (Donaghho 1950, Coates 1985, Doughty et al. 1999). Usually solitary and often perches on stumps or other low exposed perches; sometimes soars (Coates op cit.). Diamond (1975) found that this species sometimes occurs on Bougainville Island in close proximity with the slightly smaller A. novaehollandiae (now A. hiogaster). A. albogularis occurs more commonly at higher elevations (up to at least 1800 m) and in forest, unlike A. novaehollandiae, which occurs primarily below 990 m and outside of dense forest. Diamond (op cit.) suggested that this species is the ecological equivalent of A. melanochlamys of New Guinea. more....

Food and Feeding Behavior: Recorded food includes birds (starlings), insects, and lizards (Coates 1985). Sibley (1951) shot an immature female on New Georgia as it was attacking a domestic chicken. Donaghoo (1950) saw one chasing sunbirds on Guadalcanal, and Diamond (1975) noted that it feeds mainly on birds on Bougainville Island. Cain et al. (1956) shot one while it was raiding a nesting colony of the starling, Aplonis brunneocapillus, and the remains of a dove, Gymnophaps solomonensis, which was said to have been killed by this species, were found in a forest. Specimens collected by Cain et al. (op cit.) also contained large insects and a young Water Monitor lizard (Varanus indicus).

Breeding: According to Ferguson-Lees and Christie (2001), nests with young have been found in July on Santa Isabel and Guadalcanal and in September on Makira, with specimens in breeding condition collection in September and December. Donaghho (1950) found a pair building a nest in a venua tree in the crotch of a limb 20 m from the ground on 6 June 1943. The nest measured about 6 inches in depth and 10 inches in diameter, and both parents took part in nest building. He found another nest in a banyan tree in riverine forest. Clutch size and the length of the incubation and nestling periods have not been reported.

Conservation: Poorly studied, but apparently not uncommon on most of the islands within its range. Categorized as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International.

Important References: 
Coates, B.J. 1985. The birds of Papua New Guinea, including the Bismarck
  Archipelago and Bougainville. Vol. I. Non-passerines. Dove Publications,
  Alderley, Queensland, Australia.
Debus, S.J.S. 1994. Pied Goshawk. Pp. 150-151 in del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott,
  and J. Sargatal (eds). Handbook of birds of the world. Vol. 2. New World
  vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Donaghho, W.R. 1950. Observations of some birds on Guadalcanal and Tulagi.
  Condor 52:127-132.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Mayr, E. 1957. Notes on the birds of northern Melanesia. 4. The genus
  Accipiter. American Museum Novitates no. 1823.
Wattel, J. 1973. Geographical differentiation in the genus Accipiter.
  Nuttall Ornithological Club Publication no. 13.

Last modified: 5/26/2017

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