Spilornis cheela   (Latham,  1790) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 74 cm

A dark brown raptor with a prominent black-and-white nuchal crest, very full when erected. Underparts fulvous brown, ocellated and finely barred with black and white. In overhead flight a white bar across the tail and two similar bars on each of the broad rounded wings are suggestive clues. Sexes alike.

Voice: A penetrating high-pitched screaming whistle of 3 or 4 notes kek-kek-kek-kek-keee.

Nesting: Season- overall December to March. Nest- a large stick platform, lined with green leaves, high up in a lofty forest tree, preferably near streams or clearings. Eggs-single, creamy or yellowish white boldly blotched with reddish brown.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Crested Serpent-Eagle
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.66) (Long: 76.55) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 76.31) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • NaturePhoto-CZ Available at - http://www.naturephoto-cz.com/
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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