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Moluccan Goshawk
Accipiter henicogrammus

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Unknown.

Other Names: Gray's Goshawk, Moluccan Barred Goshawk, Moluccan Barred Sparrowhawk.


Accipiter henicogrammus
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Distribution: Australasian. Endemic to the North MOLUCCAS (Morotai, Halmahera, Bacan, Ternate Islands). more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Possibly a race of A. fasciatus or A. novaehollandiae (Clark 1994).

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

Habitat and Habits: Inhabits the interior of primary lowland and hill forest, occasionally occurring at the forest edge, where it perches motionless close to a tree trunk in the shaded understory (Coates and Bishop 1997, van Balen 1998). Occurs singly, in pairs, or occasionally in small family groups of three (Coates and Bishop op cit.).

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small terrestrial mammals, birds, and reptiles, pouncing on prey from a concealed perch in the forest understory (Coates and Bishop 1997).

Breeding: No information.

Conservation: Populations of this species are declining as a result of habitat loss and forest fragmentation (van Balen 1998). 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.
Andrew, P. 1993. The birds of Indonesia. Kukila Checklist no. 1.
  Additions, corrections and notes -- 1. Kukila 6:47-52.
Clark, W.S. 1994. Moluccan Goshawk. P. 153 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.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Fischer, W. 1980. [The Northern Goshawk]. Neue-Brehm Bücherei 158:1-188.
  (In German)
Mooney, N. 1998. Status and conservation of raptors in Australia's
  tropics. Journal of Raptor Research 32:64-73.
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.


Last modified: 5/21/2010

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