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Black-mantled Sparrowhawk
Accipiter melanochlamys

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Stable.

Other Names: Black-mantled Accipiter, Black-mantled Goshawk.

Accipiter melanochlamys
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Distribution: Australasian. Endemic to NEW GUINEA. more....

Subspecies: 2 races. A. m. melanochlamys: Western New Guinea; A. m. schistacinus: Central and eastern New Guinea.

Taxonomy: Regarded as monotypic by Brown and Amadon (1968) and Sibley and Monroe (1990).

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

Habitat and Habits: Occurs in montane forest, usually within forest, but also at forest edges and in adjacent gardens; it also soars over forest (Beehler et al. 1986, Coates and Peckover 2001). Peckover and Filewood (1976) mentioned that it also enters regrowth, gardens, and groves of Casuarina, and Ripley (1964) collected an immature male that was hawking prey in casuarinas and gardens. Beehler (1978) described its habitat in the Wau region as "mid- and upper montane forest."

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small mammals, bird, frogs, and insects (Filewood and Peckover 1976). Majnep and Bulmer (1977) stated that it pursues the pigeon Gymnophaps albertsii in the forest, at the forest edge, and in the air. more....

Breeding: According to Majnep and Bulmer (1977), the nest is built in tall trees, including Pandanus, within the forest. There is no further published information, and the egg is undescribed.

Conservation: Apparently uncommon to rare throughout its limited range. Diamond (1972) mentioned that there were less than 30 specimens exist from its entire range. However, it may be overlooked because of its unobtrusive habits. It is categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International.

Important References: 
Beehler, B.M. 1978. Upland birds of northeastern New Guinea. Wau Ecology
  Institute Handbook 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. 1. 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.
Debus, S.J.S. 1994. Black-mantled Goshawk. Pp. 150 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, Cambridge, MA.
Diamond, J.M. 1972. Avifauna of the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea.
  Publications of the Nuttall Ornithological Club no. 12.
Diamond, J.M. 1976. Preliminary results of an ornithological exploration
  of the islands of Vitiaz and Dampier Straits, Papua New Guinbea. Emu 76:1-7.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Peckover, W.S., and L.W.C. Filewood. 1976. Birds of New Guinea and
  tropical Australia. A.H. & A.W. Reed, Sydney, Australia.
Rand, A.L., and E.T. Gilliard. 1967. Handbook of New Guinea birds.
  Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London.
Thiollay, J.-M. 1985. Falconiformes of tropical rainforests: a review. Pp.
  155-165 in I. Newton and R. D. Chancellor (eds.), Conservation
  studies on raptors. International Council for Bird Preservation Technical
  Publication No. 5. ICBP, Cambridge, UK.
van Balen, B.S. 1998. Tropical forest raptors in Indonesia: recent
  information on distribution, status, and conservation. Journal of Raptor
  Research 32:56-63.

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Last modified: 5/15/2014

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