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Grey-headed Goshawk - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: New Guinea Grey-headed Goshawk

Accipiter poliocephalus


30–38 cm

  • Slate-grey upperparts


South-east Asia: found in New Guinea, Aru Islands, D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago and Louisiade Archipelago.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Tropical rainforest.


Seems to have a distinct display where "It perched upright on top of a tree and turned on itself while it was vocalizing and stretching vertically its wings in fast movements."


Not a lot has been recorded, but their diet appears to consist of lizards, small snakes and insects. Also small birds caught up in mist nets.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  3. Display behavior is discussed in this Birdforum thread

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