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crested serpent eagle

spinopsis chella

Description:

This medium-large, dark brown eagle is stocky, with rounded wings and a short tail. Its short black and white fan-shaped nuchal crest gives it a thick-necked appearance. The bare facial skin and feet are yellow. The underside is spotted with white and yellowish-brown. When perched the wing tips do not reach until the tail tip. In soaring flight, the broad and paddle-shaped wings are held in a shallow V. The tail and underside of the flight feathers are black with broad white bars. Young birds show a lot of white on the head. The tarsus is unfeathered and covered by hexagonal scales. The upper mandible does not have an overhanging festoon to the tip.

Habitat:

Within its widespread range across tropical Asia, 21 populations have been named as subspecieshe most widespread subspecies are the nominate from along the sub-Himalayan range in India and Nepal, melanotis in Peninsular India, spilogaster of Sri Lanka, burmanicus in most of Indochina, ricketti in northern Vietnam and southern China, malayensis of the Thai-Malay Peninsula and northern Sumatra, pallidus from northern Borneo, richmondi from southern Borneo, bido from Java and Bali, batu from southern Sumatra and Batu, hoya from Taiwan,

Notes:

It is a very alert bird.If you come 10 feet near it it immeditly flies.The bird is commonly seen near termite mounds as termite mounds host varied species of snakes- its constituent diet

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sriyaprasanna
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sriyaprasanna

India

Spotted on May 25, 2009
Submitted on Aug 19, 2012

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