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Red goshawks have declined in Australia over the past half century

Pat Webster

Red goshawks – unusual, strikingly colorful birds of prey endemic to Australia – have been rapidly vanishing from the continent for decades.

The species, which is already considered Australia’s rarest raptor, has gone extinct in more than one-third of its historical range over the last four decades, and is barely present in another 30 per cent. The birds may be substantially more imperilled than previously thought.

Red goshawks (Erythrotriorchis radiatus) are powerful predators that inhabit open woodlands in a band …

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