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Sulawesi Goshawk
Accipiter griseiceps

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Declining.

Other Names: Sulawesi Crested Goshawk, Celebes Crested Goshawk.

Accipiter griseiceps
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Distribution: Indomalayan. SULAWESI and Togian, Muna, and Butung Islands. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Forms a superspecies with A. trivirgatus (Mayr 1949, Wattel 1973), The immature plumages of the two species are almost indistinguishable, but the adult plumages are quite different. Since all the subspecies of A. trivirgatus are so similar to each other and so different from A. griseiceps, the separation of the two species seems justified (van Marle and Voous 1946).

Movements: Non-migratory, but juveniles disperse from breeding areas (Bildstein 2006).

Habitat and Habits: Inhabits primary lowland, hill, and montane forest, and mangroves, tall secondary woodland, and the vicinity of villages. Seldom observed, since it frequents the forest interior. Usually seen singly, rarely in pairs (Coates and Bishop 1997).

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small mammals, birds, lizards, and large insects, which it captures by hiding in dense foliage and swooping down on prey on the ground (Coates and Bishop 1997).

Breeding: No information.

Conservation: A poorly studied species. Categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International.

Important References: 
Clark, W.S. 1994. Sulawesi Goshawk. P. 145 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.
Fischer, W. 1980. [The Northern Goshawk]. Neue-Brehm Bücherei 158:1-188.
  (In German)
Mayr, E. 1949. Geographical variation in Accipiter trivirgatus American
  Museum Novitates no. 1415.
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.
Stresemann, E. 1940. [The birds of Celebes]. Journal für Ornithologie
  88:465-487. (In German)
van Balen, 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 sparrow hawks of
  Celebes. Limosa 19:15-23.
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). BOU Checklist no. 7. British
  Ornithologists' Union, London.

Last modified: 5/15/2014

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