Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator

Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator - Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator


Location: Papua New Guinea

The Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator is a shrewd raptor vulnerable in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands due to human-related threats. They are threatened from human persecution, palm oil deforestation and mining. Help them every time you shop and use your wallet as a weapon, #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

Imitator Goshawks are shrewd raptors that are vulnerable in #PapuaNewGuinea #SolomonIslands due to #palmoil #deforestation and #mining. Help them each time you shop and #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

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.

As a lowland and hill species with almost all records from old-growth forest, Imitator Goshawks are likely to be threatened by forest loss and degradation. Industrial logging continues on Choiseul and Santa Isabale (G. Dutson in litt. 2016) and logging may become a problem on Bougainville when the island opens up to development.

IUCN Red List

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Further Information

BirdLife International. 2016. Accipiter imitator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22695553A93515433. Downloaded on 03 February 2021.

IUCN Rating vulnerable

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