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Imitator Sparrowhawk
Accipiter imitator

Status: Vulnerable

Population Trend: Declining.

Other Names: Imitator Hawk, Little Pied Goshawk, Little Pied Sparrowhawk, Imitator Goshawk.

Accipiter imitator
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Distribution: Australasian. Endemic to the northern and central SOLOMON ISLANDS (Bougainville, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, and possibly Makira); vagrant to PAPUA NEW GUINEA. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.


Movements: Non-migratory (Bildstein and Zalles 2005).

Habitat and Habits: Known from lower valleys of lowland forest or forest edge to about 1,000 m (Webb 1992, 1995, Debus 1995). This species may be better adapted to interior forest than the sympatric A. albogularis (Schodde 1977).

Food and Feeding Behavior: Probably preys on birds. One was seen feeding on a Chestnut-bellied Monarch (Monarcha castaneiventris) on Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands, by Webb (1997).

Breeding: No information.

Conservation: Poorly known and probably declining. Known from only one specimen from Bougainville and a handful from both Choiseul and Isabel (Schodde 1977, BirdLife International 2008). This species was categorized as Globally Threatened by Collar and Andrew (1988). and is presently regarded as Vulnerable by BirdLife International (op cit.) because of its limited range and the likelihood that its forest habitat is being lost. Logging on Choiseul and Santa Isabel has been extensive, and it may become a problem on Bougainville (BirdLife International op cit.). Although this species is assumed to be rare because of the paucity of records, it may have been overlooked to some extent.

Important References: 
BirdLife International. 2000. Threatened birds of the world. Lynx
  Edicions, Barcelona, Spain, and BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK.
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.
Collar, N.J., M.J. Crosby, and A.J. Stattersfield. 1994. Birds to watch 2:
  world list of threatened birds. Birdlife Conservation Series no. 4.
Debus, S.J.S. 1994. Imitator 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.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Hadden, D. 1981. Birds of the North Solomons. Wau Ecology Institute, Wau,
  Papua New Guinea.
Hadden, D. 2004. Birds and bird lore of Bougainville and the North
  Solomons. Dove Publications, Alderley, Queensland, Australia.
Kratter, A.W., D.W. Steadman, C.E. Smith, and C.E. Filardi. 2001.
  Reproductive condition, moult, and body mass of birds from Isabel, Solomon
  Islands. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 121:128-144.
Kratter, A.W., D.W. Steadman, C.E. Smith, C.E. Filardi, and H.P. Webb.
  2001. Avifauna of a lowland forest site on Isabel, Solmon Islands. Auk
LeCroy, M., A.W. Kratter, D.W. Steadman, and H.P. Webb. 2001. Accipiter
on Isabel Island, Solomon Islands. Emu 101:151-155.
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.
Webb, H.P. 1992. Field observations of the birds of Santa Isabel, Solomon
  Islands. Emu 92:52-57.
Webb, H.P. 1995. Repoly to Debus. Emu 95:73.
Webb, H.P. 1997. Nesting and other observations of Solomon Island birds.
  Australian Bird Watcher 17:34-41.
Wattel, J. 1973. Geographical differentiation in the genus Accipiter.
  Nuttall Ornithological Club Publication no. 13.

Sites of Interest:
BirdLife International
Information on current status and recommended conservation actions.

Last modified: 5/15/2014

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