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Spot-tailed Goshawk
Accipiter trinotatus

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Stable.

Other Names: Spot-tailed Accipiter, Spot-tailed Sparrowhawk.

Accipiter trinotatus
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Distribution: Indomalayan. Endemic to SULAWESI and the islands of Talisei, Mona, and Butung. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic. more....

Taxonomy: Wattel (1973) could not determine any close relatives of this species, but its relationships might be revealed with molecular techniques.

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

Habitat and Habits: Inhabits primary hill and lower montane forest, tall secondary forest and mangroves, typically perching in the forest understory, close to a tree trunk (Coates and Bishop 1997). Often quite active, rarely perching for long at one site, and not known to soar. Occurs singly, or occasionally in pairs (Coates and Bishop op cit.).

Food and Feeding Behavior: Preys mainly on lizard and snakes, and also eats bats, birds, frogs, grasshoppers, and snails (Coates and Bishop 1997.

Breeding: No information.

Conservation: According to Ferguson-Lees and Christie (2001), this is the most numerous of the four species of accipiters endemic to Sulawesi, and they suggested that it is still "moderately common". Categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International (2008).

Population Estimates: There are no available data on the population size of this species, but Ferguson-Lees and Christie (2001) suggested that it might have a five-figure population, based on the extent of forest remaining in Sulawesi.

Important References: 
Clark, W.S. 1994. Spot-tailed Goshawk. P. 149 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.
van Balen, B.S. 1994. The status and conservation of birds of prey in the
  Sondaic and Wallacean regions of Indonesia. Pp. 245-254 in B.-U. Meyburg and
  R.D. Chancellor (eds.), Raptor conservation today. World Working Group on
  Birds of Prey, Berlin, and Pica Press, London.
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.
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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