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Crested Serpent Eagle

Spilornis cheela melanotis


This lovely Eagle was just perched in a Sal tree by the side of one of the tracks In Kanha whilst we were out on a game drive and allowed us to get reasonably close to it to take some photos. It is a medium-large, dark brown eagle, stocky, with rounded wings and a short tail. Its short black and white fan-shaped nuchal crest gives it a thick-necked appearance.


This one was seen in the forest of Kanha National Park and they are resident across all of Asia with size decreasing further South.

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Debbie Stewart
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Debbie Stewart

Madhya Pradesh, India

Lat: 22.24, Long: 80.63

Spotted on Jan 11, 2013
Submitted on Mar 2, 2013

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