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Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk
Accipiter erythrauchen

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Declining.

Other Names: Gray-throated Sparrowhawk, Grey Moluccan Collared Sparrowhawk, Moluccan Collared Sparrowhawk, Moluccan Sparrowhawk.

Accipiter erythrauchen
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Distribution: Australasian. Endemic to the MOLUCCAS. more....

Subspecies: 2 races. A. e. ceramensis: SOUTH MOLUCCAS (Buru, Ambon, and Seram Islands); A. e. erythrauchen: NORTH MOLUCCAS (Motrotai, Halmahera, Bacan, and Obi Islands).

Taxonomy: Forms a superspecies with A. cirrocephalus, A. brachyurus, and probably A. rhodogaster.

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

Habitat and Habits: Inhabits primary and tall secondary lowland and hill forest, forest edge, disturbed forest, and, locally, coastal plantations (Obi). Inconspicuous, often perching in dense canopy foliage at the forest edge. Not known to soar. Occurs singly, or occasionally in pairs (Coates and Bishop 1997).

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small to medium-sized birds (e.g., Red Lory), which it captures after swift, dashing flights (Coates and Bishop 1997).

Breeding: No information.

Conservation: A little known, inconspicuous species. Categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International (2008).

Important References: 
Andrew, P. 1992. The birds of Indonesia: a checklist. Kukila Checklist no.
  1. Indonesian Ornithological Society, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bowler, J., and J. Taylor. 1989. An annotated checklist of the birds of
  Manusela National Park, Seram (birds recorded on the Operation Raleigh
  Expedition). Kukila 4:3-29.
Clark, W.S. 1994. Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk. Pp. 157 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.
Coates, B.J., and K.D. Bishop. 1997. A guide to the birds of Wallacea,
  Sulawesi, the Moluccas and Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia. Dove
  Publications, Alderley, Queensland, Australia.
Ekstrom, J.M.M., and I. Isherwood. 2000. New and distribution bird records
  from the Island of Seram, Maluku. Kukila 11:51-57.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Mayr, E. 1957. Birds collected during the Whitney South Sea Expedition.
  64. Notes on the birds of northern Melanesia. The genus Accipiter. American
  Museum Novitates no. 1823.
Rheindt, F.E., and R.O. Hutchinson. 2007. New island records and new
  elevational records of birds from South Maluku, Indonesia. Forktail
Thiollay, J.-M. 1985. Falconiformes of tropical rainforests: a review. Pp.
  155-165 in I. Newton and R.D. Chancellor (eds.), Conservation
  studies on raptors. International Council for Bird Preservation Technical
  Publication No. 5. ICBP, Cambridge, UK.
van Balen, B.S. 1998. Tropical forest raptors in Indonesia: recent
  information on distribution, status, and conservation. Journal of Raptor
  Research 32:56-63.
Wattel, J. 1973. Geographical differentiation in the genus Accipiter.
  Nuttall Ornithological Club Publication no. 13.
White, C.M.N., and M.D. Bruce. 1986. The birds of Wallacea (Sulawesi, the
  Moluccas, and the Lesser Sunda Islands). BOU Checklist no. 7. British
  Ornithologists' Union, London.

Last modified: 5/15/2014

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