Crested Serpent-eagle Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent-Eagle, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan
March 2008

The Crested Serpent-eagle is distributed from India through to south and east China and southward to Indonesia and the Philippines.

It is found in a wide variety of habitats where it feeds on tree snakes and other reptiles.

The whitish subterminal band in the tail and on the trailing edge of the wings gives it a distinctive appearance in flight. Perched it is brown with a short, bushy crest.

There is a recording on xeno-canto and additional information available via Avibase.
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