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Doria's Goshawk
Megatriorchis doriae

Status: Near Threatened

Population Trend: Unknown.

Other Names: Doria's Hawk.

Megatriorchis doriae
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Distribution: Australasian. NEW GUINEA and Batanta Is. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Formerly placed in the genus Accipiter (Stresemann and Amadon 1979), but now considered to be more closely related to Erythrotriorchis and other Australasian groups (del Hoyo et al. 1994). more....

Movements: Probably non-migratory.

Habitat and Habits: Mostly frequents the lower canopy of rainforest, occasionally monsoon forest and mangrove forest, and not often seen (Coates 1985). Perches quietly velow the forest canopy, often remaining on a single perch for extended periods. It does not soar, but is occasionally seen flying at the forest edge or over the treetops.

Food and Feeding Behavior: Known to prey upon birds (Diamond 1972, Coates 1985, Beehler et al. 1986). A specimen in the British Museum had eaten a bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea minor) (Rand Gilliard 1967). more....

Breeding: No published information.

Conservation: This ir a poorly known and secretive species. BirdLife International categorizes it as "Near Threatened," although two authorities, David Bishop and Jared Diamond, have indicated that the species is "widespread" (fide BirdLife International 2008), occurring even in logged areas.

Important References: 
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.
Debus, S.J.S. 1994. Doria's Hawk. P. 164 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.
Diamond, J.M. 1972. Avifauna of the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea.
  Publications of the Nuttall Ornithological Club no. 12.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Rand, A.L., and E.T. Gilliard. 1967. Handbook of New Guinea birds.
  Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London.
Thiollay, J.-M. Family Accipitridae. Pp. 52-105 in J. del Hoyo, A. Elliot,
  and J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of birds of the world. Vol. 2. New World
  vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
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: 2/17/2011

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