Dorias Goshawk (Megatriorchis doriae)

Dorias Goshawk

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Megatriorchis doriae | [authority] Salvadori and dAlbertis, 1875 | [UK] Dorias Goshawk | [FR] Autour de Doria | [DE] Salvadorihabicht | [ES] Azor de doria | [NL] Doria’s Havik


Monotypic species


Doria’s Goshawk, Megatriorchis doriae, is a raptor, the only member of the genus Megatriorchis.

Physical charateristics

At up to 69cm long, it is among the biggest hawks in the broad sense. It is greyish-brown with a black-barred crown and upperparts, whitish underparts, a black streak behind the eye, dark brown irises, a blackish bill and greenish-yellow legs. The sexes are similar. The female is slightly larger than the male.

Listen to the sound of Dorias Goshawk

[audio: Goshawk.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Australasia : New Guinea. Megatriorchis doriae is a little-known New Guinea endemic (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), including neighbouring Batanta island, Indonesia. It is rarely recorded, partly because of its unobtrusive habits, with for instance only one record in seven years of observation at Tabubil


It is a forest species, sometimes also found in mangrove and semi-deciduous forest; mainly sea-level to 1,100 m, although sometimes to 1,400 m


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Feeding habits

The diet consists mainly of birds, including the Lesser Bird of Paradise, and other small animals. Waits and amushed prey at attractive sites like leks or flowering trees.

Video Dorias Goshawk


copyright: Mark Sutton


This species occurs only in lowland forest which is subject in increasing preassure from logging. It is thought to be experiencing a moderately rapid population reduction and is consequently classified as Near Threatened.
Due to ongoing habitat loss, Doria’s Goshawk is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Dorias Goshawk status Near Threatened



Distribution map

Dorias Goshawk distribution range map

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