Location: Papua New Guinea
The Imitator Goshawk has been collected and sighted in lowland forest or forest edge to at least 400 m and, possibly, 1,000 m (Webb 1992, 1995, Debus 1995, Dutson 2011). One was seen feeding on a Chestnut-bellied Monarch Monarcha castaneiventris (Webb 1997). Their ecology is poorly known and their niche separation from A. albogularis is unknown, but their shorter wings and tail and longer legs suggest that they are better adapted to interior forest (Schodde 1977).
On all islands, there is ongoing but limited habitat loss to forest clearance for subsistence gardens. The Imitator Goshawk possibly suffers from competition with A. albogularis, especially in degraded forest.
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BirdLife International. 2016. Accipiter imitator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22695553A93515433. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22695553A93515433.en. Downloaded on 03 February 2021.
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