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Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,070,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 8.7 - - -
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Djibouti Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Djibouti Ali Sabieh - Assâmo site factsheet
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Arero forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Awash National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Dawa - Wachile site factsheet
Ethiopia Konso - Segen site factsheet
Ethiopia Lake Chew Bahir site factsheet
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder site factsheet
Ethiopia Mago National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Mankubsa - Welenso forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Omo National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Sof Omar site factsheet
Ethiopia Yabello Sanctuary site factsheet
Ethiopia Yangudi-Rassa National Park site factsheet
Kenya Amboseli National Park site factsheet
Kenya Chyulu Hills forests site factsheet
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert site factsheet
Kenya Lake Magadi site factsheet
Kenya Lake Turkana site factsheet
Kenya Machakos valleys site factsheet
Kenya Meru National Park site factsheet
Kenya Mwea National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya Nairobi National Park site factsheet
Kenya Ol Donyo Sabache site factsheet
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Shaba National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya South Nguruman site factsheet
Kenya Tana River Delta site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo East National Park site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo West National Park site factsheet
Somalia Aangole - Farbiito site factsheet
Somalia Arbowerow site factsheet
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve site factsheet
Somalia Boja swamps site factsheet
Somalia Boorama plains site factsheet
Somalia Buulobarde site factsheet
Somalia Ceel Hammure site factsheet
Somalia Far Waamo site factsheet
Somalia Gacan Libaax site factsheet
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets site factsheet
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh site factsheet
Somalia Laag Badaana site factsheet
Somalia Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet site factsheet
Somalia Raas Xaafuun - Raas Gumbax site factsheet
Somalia Saylac site factsheet
Somalia Xarardheere - Awale Rugno site factsheet
Somalia Xawaadley reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Eyasi site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Natron and Engaruka basin site factsheet
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area site factsheet
Tanzania Maswa Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Mkomazi Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Tanzania Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Ruaha National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Serengeti National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Tarangire National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Udzungwa National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Usangu flats site factsheet
Tanzania Wembere steppe site factsheet
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park site factsheet
Uganda Mount Moroto Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Murchison Falls National Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Melierax poliopterus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)
Species name author Cabanis, 1869
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,070,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change