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Title: Parental time-budgets, breeding behaviour and affinities of the Red Goshawk 'Erythrotriorchis radiatus'
Contributor(s): Debus, Steve J S  (author); Baker-Gabb, D J (author); Aumann, T A (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The breeding behaviour of the Red Goshawk 'Erythrotriorchis radiatus' was studied in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, in 1987-89. Two active nests, for all or part of the breeding cycle from courtship and nest-building (April) to the post-fledging period (October), were observed in timed observation sessions. One nest-building male collected sticks at a rate of 0.4-0.6/hour, and the female at 0.1-0.3/hour; this male fed the female 0.1 prey item/hour and copulated 0.3-0.4 times/hour. The female attended the nest for 81 percent of observation time (incubating 50%, shading 31%). In the nestling period, females progressed from brooding, to standing on the nest (often shading the chicks) to perching in the nest area as the chicks grew, and males delivered prey (0.2-0.3 item/hr). Males did not incubate, and spent little time at the nest when females were present. The prior suggestion of bigamy at one of these nests is revised on the available evidence. The behavioural data in this paper, combined with new DNA evidence, are used to evaluate the Red Goshawk's taxonomic status. The Red Goshawk's genetic link with 'Accipiter', and possibly with the harriers 'Circus', matches its behavioural, morphological and ecological characters, rather than those of the other Australian endemic hawk genera ('Lophoictinia' and 'Hamirostra', which are pernine kites). Lastly, an error in the labelling of Red Goshawk vocalisations in the primary literature is noted.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Corella, 39(4), p. 87-92
Publisher: Australian Bird Study Association Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2203-4420
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 060809 Vertebrate Biology
060801 Animal Behaviour
060803 Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310914 Vertebrate biology
310901 Animal behaviour
310903 Animal developmental and reproductive biology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960809 Mining Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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