from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of hawks, formerly called star-hawks or goose-hawks, now goshawks, of large size, with short rounded wings, long tail, moderately long legs, and the beak festooned but not toothed.
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The wet forests of eastern Madagascar have the highest number of threatened birds, including the Madagascar serpent-eagle (Eutriorchis astur, EN) and the Madagascar red owl (Tyto soumagnei, EN).
Two examples of Malagasy endemics include the Madagascar serpent eagle (Eutriorchis astur) and the Madagascar red owl (Tyto soumagnei), which have recently been rediscovered in several areas across this zone, including the Masoala Peninsula and sites further south.
These forests are also home to the recently rediscovered Madagascar serpent eagle (Eutriochis astur), the hairy-eared dwarf lemur (Allocebus trichotis) and the recently described golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus), indicating that information on the biota of this ecoregion is far from being complete.
However, Dolichoderus bispinosus may have done so, and we have occasionally seen Pheidole astur removing P. macrostachya seeds from near C. femoratus foraging trails. d.
P. astur occasionally collected P. macrostachya seeds when these were presented to C. femoratus in behavioral assays for a different experiment.
Although P. astur did exploit food in the bait study, it was not observed at seed baits so its retrieval of AG seeds could not be quantified.
Pheidole astur Wilson retrieving seeds near C. femoratus foraging trails indicates that it is not impossible for other species to collect the seeds even within AG territories (