Hieraaetus morphnoides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hieraaetus morphnoides
Species Authority: (Gould, 1841)
Common Name(s):
English Little Eagle
Taxonomic Notes: Hieraaetus morphnoides (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into H. morphnoides and H. weiskei following Bunce et al. (2005) and Lerner and Mindell (2005). The BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group is aware that phylogenetic analyses have been published which have proposed generic rearrangements which may affect this species, but prefers to wait until work by other taxonomists reveals how these changes affect the entire groups involved.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-11-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Temple, H.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
2012 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs throughout Australia and has a large range.
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Population [top]

Population: (Ferguson-Lees et al. 2001)
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species inhabits open forest, woodland, scrub and savanna, from sea-level to 1500 m (Thiollay 1994).
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: BirdLife International 2013. Hieraaetus morphnoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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