Megatriorchis doriae (*)
Megatriorchis doriae Salvadori & Albertis, 1875
* Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova 7 p.805
Doria's Goshawk, Megatriorchis doriae, is a raptor, the only member of the genus Megatriorchis.
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.
Doria's Goshawk is endemic to lowland rainforests of New Guinea and Batanta Island off Western New Guinea. The diet consists mainly of birds, including the Lesser Bird of Paradise, and other small animals.
Due to ongoing habitat loss, Doria's Goshawk is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.
In the genus name, "Mega-" is from the Greek word for "big". "Triorchis" was Greek for a kind of hawk thought to have three testicles—see Eutriorchis for details. The species name commemorates the Italian naturalist Giacomo Doria.
1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Megatriorchis doriae. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 22 November 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened
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