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Grey-headed Goshawk
Accipiter-poliocephalus 001
Information
Range New Guinea and adjacent islands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Accipiter
Species Accipiter poliocephalus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Grey-headed goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus), is a species of lightly built, medium-sized bird of prey in the Accipitridae family.

Description

The upperparts are grey, paler on the head and neck; the wings are dark; the underparts are mainly white; the cere and legs are red-orange. The body is 30–38 cm long; females are larger than males.

Distribution

The grey-headed goshawk is endemic to New Guinea and adjacent islands. It has been recorded from Saibai Island, Queensland, an Australian territory in the north-western Torres Strait.

Habitat

It lives in forests, forest edges and secondary growth.

Diet

It eats small reptiles and insects.

Nesting

This species nests in tall trees on a platform of sticks and leaves.

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