French: Aigle de Gurney German: Molukkenadler Spanish: Águila moluqueña
Aquila (? Heteropus) gurneyi
G. R. Gray
Batjan (Bacan) Island, Moluccas
W Papuan Is, New Guinea, Aru Is and W D’Entrecasteaux Is (Goodenough I); also Moluccas, where recorded on Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Bacan, Kasiruta and Ambon, and recently on Seram. Claim from New Ireland (Lihir I) apparently not generally accepted.
66–86 cm; immature female 3060 g; wingspan 165–185 cm. Medium-sized all-blackish-brown Aquila, with paler tarsal feathering, slightly shorter wings,... read more
Only described vocalization is a medium- to high-pitched, slightly nasal, downslurred piping, which... read more
Lowland and hill primary rain forest and swamp forest, including littoral zone; forest edge and... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Reportedly mammals, such as cuscus (Phalanger) and other arboreal possums; one record of eating cuscus on ground.... read more
Almost nothing known. No aerial displays noted. Constructs substantial stick nest in tall forest tree, but no further information.
Unknown, but breeding adults presumably sedentary. Occasional visitor to islands in Torres Strait,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Apparently occurs in low densities and is seldom encountered by ornithologists; biology largely... read more
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