Aquila (? Heteropus) gurneyi G.R. Gray, 1860, Bacan, Moluccas. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Aigle de Gurney; German: Molukkenadler; Spanish: Aguila Moluqueсa.
29.1–33.9 in (74–86 cm); female 107.9 oz (3,060 g); males are smaller than females. Chocolate brown plumage.
New Guinea and larger surrounding islands including Misool, Waigeo, Salawati, Aru, Yapen, Normandy and Goodenough, West Papuan, and Aru Islands, and the Moluccas, including Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Bacan, Ambon, and Seram.
Hillside and lowland primary rainforest and swamp forest. Hunts into nearby littoral zone, cultivated farmland and grassland. Inland but usually within 9.3 mi (15 km) of coast.
Uses uplifts to soar along hillsides and cliffs; soars to great height on thermals. Usually solitary in pairs or trios, the latter possibly family groups. Adults apparently sedentary.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Reported to take cuscus and other arboreal mammals. Slowly quarters forest canopy or ground, patrols seashore.
Not threatened. Uncommon and seldom encountered. Deforestation of lowlands may be a threat.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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