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Meyer's Goshawk
Accipiter meyerianus

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Declining.

Other Names: Papuan Goshawk.

Accipiter meyerianus
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Distribution: Australasian. SULAWESI (Sula Island, one record), MOLUCCAS (Halmahera, Seram) through northern and eastern NEW GUINEA, BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO (Umboi, New Britain, New Ireland) and SOLOMON ISLANDS (New Georgia, Guadalcanal). more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Possibly forms a superspecies with A. gentilis, A. melanoleucus, and A. henstii.

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

Habitat and Habits: In New Guinea, it occurs in hill and lower montane forest and forest edge (Coates 1985). It is seldom observed, so its habits are poorly known (Coates and Peckover 2001) In the Solomons, its habitat preferences are primary lowland and hill forest, where it is occasionally seen perching at the edge of a clearing in primary forest, and it also perches in the canopy and subcanopy (Coates and Bishop 1997). Beehler et al. (1986) mentioned that this species is usually seen soaring, or sailing low over the canopy, but other authorities have state that it rarely soars. It is usually seen singly or in pairs, and less frequently in small family groups. more....

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on large birds, including Papuan Mountain-pigeon, which are captured by stealth or by stooping from above (Coates and Peckover 2001). more....

Breeding: Rheindt (2010) heard possible courtship vocalizations of this species on Sula Island in April 2009. This is apparently the only available information on breeding.

Conservation: Rare and poorly known throughout its relatively small range (Coates 1985, Coates and Bishop 1997, Coates 2001). Categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International> However, there seems to be little existing information on its actual status, or even its basic natural history.

Important References: 
Amadon, D. 1964. Taxonomic notes on birds of prey. American Museum
  Novitates no. 2166.
Beehler, B.M. 1978. Upland birds of northeastern New Guinea. Wau Ecology
  Institute Handbook no. 4, Wau, Papua New Guinea.
Beehler, B.M., T.K. Pratt, and D.A. Zimmerman. 1986. Birds of New Guinea.
  Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
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.
Coates, B.J., and W.S. Peckover. 2001. Birds of New Guinea and the
  Bismarck Archipelago: a photographic guide. Dove Publications, Alderley,
  Queensland, Australia.
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.
Debus, S.J.S. 1994. Meyer's Hawk. P. 163 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.
Majnep, I.S., and R. Bulmer. 1977. Birds of my Kalam country. Auckland
  University Press, Auckland, New Zealand.
Mayr, E. 1957. Notes on the birds of northern Melanesia. 4. The genus
  Accipiter. American Museum Novitates no. 1823.

Last modified: 5/15/2014

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