Doria's goshawk

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Doria's goshawk
Doria Goshawk.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Megatriorchis
Salvadori & D'Albertis, 1875
Species: M. doriae
Binomial name
Megatriorchis doriae
Salvadori & D'Albertis, 1875

Doria's goshawk or Doria's hawk,[2] Megatriorchis doriae, is a raptor, the only member of the genus Megatriorchis.

Description[edit]

At up to 69 cm long, it is among the biggest hawks in the broad sense. It is greyish-brown with a black-barred crown and upperparts, whitish underparts, a black streak behind the eye, dark brown irises, a blackish bill and greenish-yellow legs. The sexes are similar. The female is slightly larger than the male.

Doria's goshawk is endemic to lowland rainforests of New Guinea and Batanta Island off Western New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of birds, including the Lesser Bird of Paradise, and other small animals.

Conservation[edit]

Due to ongoing habitat loss, Doria's goshawk is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Etymology[edit]

In the genus name, "Mega-" is from the Greek word for "big". "Triorchis" was Greek for a kind of hawk thought to have three testicles — see Eutriorchis for details. The species name commemorates the Italian naturalist Giacomo Doria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Megatriorchis doriae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Debus, Stephen J. S. (1998). "(Introduction to) Chapter 4 Australian endemic hawks, genera Lophoictinia, Hamirostra, Erythrotriorchis". The birds of prey of Australia: a field guide. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia. pp. 24–25. ISBN 0 19 550624 3. 

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