I have often seen the white morph of Grey Goshawk accompanying flocks of
Little Corellas and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. I wondered why until some
years ago I saw a bird drop out of such a flock and snatch a pigeon from the
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On 12/1/13 8:31 AM, "Greg and Val Clancy" <> wrote:
> My understanding is that the white morph of the Grey Goshawk was able to
> survive in a forest situation where it stands out like the proverbial
> because it resembles white coloured cockatoos. I don't know if there is any
> science behind that claim though.
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> 0266493153 0429601960
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Adams
> Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:26 AM
> To: David Adams
> Cc: COG line ; Birding-Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] [canberrabirds] Why are the C. Sparrowhawk &
> B.Goshawk so similar?
>> An all white raptor in the forest?
> John Leonard wrote to mention the White Hawk, an unusual New World forest
> Despite often being nearly all white, these birds seem to be doing pretty
> well for themselves over a huge area. The behavior section at the Cornell
> site is interesting. it sounds like these birds follow around parties
> of monkeys (arboreal foragers) and coati (ground foragers - relatives
> of Raccoons) pouncing on whatever prey is flushed. Perhaps their coloration
> is not selected for/against as they're opportunistic feeders? No
> idea...it's always easy to make up an evolutionary/ecological story...but
> that doesn't make it true.
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