Crested Serpent Eagle

This large, dark brown eagle is stocky, with rounded wings and a short tail. Its short black and white fan-shaped 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.

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The Crested Serpent Eagle is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) is an extremely rare resident of the central forest of Singapore, where it is believed that one to two pairs still survive. However, for the last few years the eagle was barely seen at all. Thus the excitement it generated when the bird was recently sighted. The eagle hunts from a high perch. It sits still until it spots a potential prey among the grass. More

Crested Serpent Eagle Information Here is some information that I get from the internet regarding Crested Serpent Eagle. I am sure that bird of prey lover will be benefited from it. Crested Serpent Eagle breeds in southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to south China, south east Asia and Indonesia. It is a forest bird which builds a stick nest in a tree near water and lays a single egg. More

The Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-sized bird of prey that is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Within its widespread range, there are considerable variations and some forms are treated as subspecies while others are considered full species and the systematics of the group is not resolved. Close relatives that are often treated as full species include the Philippine Serpent Eagle (S. holospila), Andaman Serpent-eagle (Spilornis elgini) and South Nicobar Serpent-eagle (Spilornis klossi). More

race of the Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela). This species is usually found in forest clearings, open woodlands, and sometimes in cultivated lands with scattered trees. It is endemic to the Philippines. The species is found on most part of the major islands, except for Palawan. It inhabits primary and secondary forest. The bird is often seen soaring over clearings and river valleys. The bird feeds on amphibians, reptiles and other live prey. More

* Crested Serpent Eagle in side profile The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India vasanthan.p.j 17 June 2009 47 weeks ago 4 * Crested Serpent Eagle feeding on a baby turtle, the shell can be seen hanging from it's beak The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India vasanthan.p. More

Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela - (Mystery bird of the month – August 2006) Crested-Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela copyright Vijay Cavale; 2002 In most views this is one bird of prey that should present few identification problems as the high percentage that got this month’s mystery bird correct indicates. Even though our photograph shows a bird partly concealed in a tree the key id points are obvious. More

This is the Crested Serpent Eagle, a common raptor here in Malaysia seen mostly in the sky. It is quite vocal when in the air. The size of of the adult is 21 inches (53cm). It is stocky and short-tailed with dark brown plumage. Its has a black crest, yellow cere and legs and white spotted breast and belly. Occurs in the Indian subcontinent and southern China through South-East Asia to the greater Sundas, Bali and the Philippines. More

Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela or Kanmuri-washiThe Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela or Kanmuri-washi, is a bird of prey. Like all eagles, it is in the family Accipitridae. The Philippine Serpent Eagle (S. holospila) is sometimes included here as a subspecies. More

The Crested serpent eagle is a mid- to large-sized bird of prey with an average body length of 70cm and a wing length of 47-50cm. Both males and females have the same plumage: a distinctive, black- and white-striped, fan-shaped crest; a dark brown nape and posterior; fine white spots on their upper wing coverts and scapulars; and brownish-black tail feathers with white stripes across the center. More

The crested serpent eagle is one of the largest raptors found in Taiwan at low to medium elevations. According to figures from the Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute, in recent years there have been at least ten crested serpent eagles each year among the injured wild birds that have received treatment. Because of this, wild bird societies and national parks also frequently release eagles that have been nursed back to health. More

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) The Crested Serpent Eagle breeds in southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to south China, south east Asia and Indonesia. It is a forest bird which builds a stick nest in a tree near water and lays a single egg. The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium large raptor at about 55-75cm in length. Adults have dark brown upperparts and head, and have a hooded appearance at rest. More

Crested serpent eagle literally means "an eagle with a crown". It is named for the long feathers on top of its head that look like a crown. It lives at the foot of the mountains or in the woods near rivers, and eats rats, birds, snakes, lizards, and crabs. More

Crested Serpent Eagle is a widespread resident raptor in Peninsular India. Its primary diet consists mainly of tree snakes and lizards. We have always seen it perched motionless, its sharp eyes scanning the forest ground and trees for prey. Here's a compilation of images of the Serpent Eagle taken from our various visits to the wildlife sanctuaries in Southern India. This CSE (Crested Serpent Eagle) was sidelight in golden morning light. More

The Crested Serpent Eagle can be found in a large geographical region from South Asia, including India and Sri Lanka, to Southeast Asia, extending to southern China and Indonesia. This forest bird nests in treetops near fresh water. Its nests are constructed with sticks and contain not more than a single egg at a time The Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela is a bird of prey. Like all eagles, it is in the family Accipitridae. More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Spilornis
Species : cheela
Authority : (Latham, 1790)
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