Prepared by Richard Hill
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
ISBN 0 642 55009 3
The Christmas Island Goshawk is currently listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It is currently considered a subspecies of Accipiter fasciatus, but its taxonomy needs resolution. It is considered to be the rarest endemic bird on Christmas Island, where it occurs in all habitats from primary and marginal rainforests to suitable areas of secondary regrowth vegetation. The total population size is thought to be very small, perhaps as few as 100 adults, and is probably limited by the availability of suitable rainforest habitat. Crazy Ants pose an unknown but potentially critical threat to the survival of this bird. The recovery plan objective is to downgrade the Christmas Island Goshawk from Endangered to Conservation Dependent, primarily through successful implementation of the Invasive Ants on Christmas Island Action Plan and protection of habitat critical to the survival of the species from clearance. An assessment of goshawk population dynamics is the most essential requirement of this recovery plan, and community awareness and participation in the conservation of this endemic raptor are also important actions.