Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis buergersi)

Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Erythrotriorchis buergersi | [authority] Reichenow, 1914 | [UK] Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk | [FR] Autour de Burgers | [DE] Prachthabicht | [ES] Azor de Burgers | [NL] Burgers Havik


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Erythrotriorchis buergersi AU New Guinea


There are two species in the genus Erythrotriorchis and both reside in Southern Pacific regions. The chestnut-shouldered goshawk habitat spans Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The red goshawk is among the rarest of Australian birds of prey, as well as one of the oldest birds of prey in Northern Australia. Its diet consists mainly of other birds.

Physical charateristics

Chestnut upperparts becoming more dark on wings, with a dark slate head. Cere, legs and eyes yellow. Fine darkish streaks on throat becoming more apparent on white breast and belly which are heavily streaked. Thighs appear barred rather than streaked. Tail narrowly barred dark brown-brown. Melanistic form known to exist.

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Australasia : New Guinea. Erythrotriorchis buergersi is a rare and little-known species, endemic to New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea). It is known only from a handful of records, none in the last five years, all from eastern New Guinea except for a single record from the Foya Mountains in Papua


Hill and lower mountain forest, probably generally lower than Accipiter meyerianus, at 450-1,580 m


Only one full grown juvenile has ever been observed making begging calls. No further data.

Feeding habits

Hunts by perching and making attack flights, also known to soar. Diet little known but most likely preys predominantly on birds.


The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as rare
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. Most of its habitat is unsuitable for logging and it is unlikely to be hunted, however its status cannot be assessed from the present few records
Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk status Data Deficient



Distribution map

Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk distribution range map

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