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Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk
Accipiter rhodogaster

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Declining.

Other Names: 

Accipiter rhodogaster
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Distribution: Indomalayan. Endemic to SULAWESI and the SULA ISLANDS. more....

Subspecies: 3 races. A. r. rhodogaster: SULAWESI; A. r. sulaensis: Banggai Island and SULA ISLANDS; A. butonensis: Muna and Buton Islands.

Taxonomy: May be a part of the A. cirrhocephalus superspecies complex. Rheindt (2010) pointed out that there are pronounced plumage differences between A. r. rhodogaster of mainland Sulawesi and A.r. sulaensis of Sula Island, and further study might reveal that they are not conspecific.

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

Habitat and Habits: Inhabits primary and tall secondary lowland and hill forest, and occasionally lightly wooded cultivation, mangroves, and the vicinity of villages. Often perches on exposed bare branches in the canopy, but otherwise generally confined to the forest interior. Occurs singly, or occasionally in pairs (Coates and Bishop 1997). more....

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small mammals, small birds, lizards, and insects (Coates and Bishop 1997).

Breeding: No information, other a brief note that two adults were seen at a nest at c. 550 m on Peleng Island, Sulawesi, but a specific date was not given (Rheindt et al. 2010).

Conservation: Apparently the most common of the three endemic accipiter species on Sulawesi (Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001). Nevertheless, it is probably under-recorded, partly because of the difficulty of separating it from A. nanus and also because it is difficult to detect. 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.
Clark, W.S. 1994. Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk. P. 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.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Meyburg, B.-U., and S. van Balen. 1994. Raptors on Sulawesi (Indonesia):
  the influence of rain forest destruction and human density on their
  populations. Pp. 269-276 in B.-U. Meyburg and R.D. Chancellor (eds.), Raptor
  conservation today. World Working Group on Birds of Prey, Berlin, and Pica
  Press, London.
Meyer, A.B., and L.W. Wigglesworth. 1898. The birds of Celebes and the
  neighboring islands. Vol. 1. Friedländer, Berlin.
Rozendaal, F.G., and R.W.R.J. Dekker. 1989. Annotated checklist of the
  birds of the Dumoga-Bone National Park, North Sulawesi. Kukila 4:85-109.
Stresemann, E. 1940. [The birds of Celebes]. Journal für Ornithologie
  88:465-487. (In German)
van Balen, B.S. 1998. Tropical forest raptors in Indonesia: recent
  information on distribution, status, and conservation. Journal of Raptor
  Research 32:56-63.
van Marle, J.G., and K.H. Voous. 1946. The endemic sparrowhawks of
  Celebes. Limosa 119:15-23.
Watling, D. 1983. Ornithological notes from Sulawesi. Emu 83:247-261.
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, Indonesia). BOU Check-list no. 7.
  British Ornithologists' Union, London.

Last modified: 5/15/2014

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