"Australia’s red goshawk once ruled the skies. But now this almighty raptor,
affectionately known as The Red, has become our nation’s rarest bird of prey.
Concern for the species prompted our new research. We completed the first
comprehensive population assessment of the red goshawk using a dataset of all
known records (1978–2020). The results were even worse than expected.
We were shocked to discover The Red had completely disappeared from more than a
third (34%) of its range. The species is almost certainly extinct in New South
Wales and the southern half of Queensland.
This bird is declining – and probably just barely hanging on – in a further 30%
of its range, spanning northern Queensland from the Gulf to the Wet Tropics.
The rest of northern Australia is the last stronghold for the species.
Although nationally listed as vulnerable, we argue this species requires urgent
uplisting to endangered. High priority must be given to conservation action
now, before it’s too late."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics