|Rufous-bellied Eagle Lophotriorchis kienerii
(aka Hieraaetus kienerii)
|Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
The Rufous-bellied Eagle is distributed in the northern and southern extremities of the Indian sub-continent and into Indochina, the Philippines and Indonesia.
|It is found in evergreen and deciduous forest mainly in the foothills up to 2,000 metres.
Its black hood makes its head look a bit like a Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus and, indeed, one of its hunting techniques is remarkably similar to the rapid stoop of that bird. It feeds on mammals such as squirrels and birds sometimes as large as Kalij Pheasant.
The most significant feature in the flying bird is the rufous belly and underwing-coverts contrasting with the white throat and chest.
There is a recording on xeno-canto and additional information available via Avibase .
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