French: Autour australien German: Bänderhabicht Spanish: Azor australiano
Other common names:
Vigors and Horsfield
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. natalis
(Lister, 1889) – Christmas I (S of Java, in Indian Ocean).
A. f. stresemanni
Rensch, 1931 – islets between Sulawesi and Lesser Sundas.
A. f. wallacii
(Sharpe, 1874) – Lesser Sundas from Lombok E to Babar.
A. f. tjendanae
Stresemann, 1925 – Sumba (SW Lesser Sundas).
A. f. savu
Mayr, 1941 – Sawu (S Lesser Sundas).
A. f. hellmayri
Stresemann, 1922 – Timor, Semau, Roti and possibly Alor (C Lesser Sundas).
A. f. polycryptus
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1915 – N & E New Guinea (E from R Sepik basin).
A. f. dogwa
Rand, 1941 – S New Guinea (Trans-Fly region).
A. f. didimus
(Mathews, 1912) – Buru (S Moluccas) and N Australia.
A. f. fasciatus
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – Australia (except N) and Tasmania; Bellona and Rennell (S Solomons); also recorded on Timor (presumably non-breeding).
A. f. vigilax
(Wetmore, 1926) – Vanuatu (Efate, Tanna, Anatom), New Caledonia, Loyalty Is.
Nominate race: 40–55 cm; male 250–415 g, much larger female 440–740 g; wingspan 74–96 cm. Tropical races smaller: didimus 37–46 cm;... read more
Main call a fast series of some 10–20 piercing yelping whistles, “ki-ki-ki-ki…”, delivered at rate... read more
Forest, woodland and scrub, farmland with many trees and urban areas; from sea level up to 1500 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods; occasionally carrion. Mostly birds and young rabbits in S, lizards in tropics. Wide... read more
Sept–Dec; nestlings in late Apr on Sumbawa (Lesser Sundas). Solitary. Platform of sticks 38–70 cm wide, 18–30 cm deep,... read more
Nominate race partly migratory over most of range: juveniles and some adults (particularly females... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common and widespread; local declines in S Australia where habitat clearance extensive, but species has benefited from... read more
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