Species Details

@Markus Lilje

Rufous‑bellied Eagle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Lophotriorchis kienerii
Family : Accipitridae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Rufous-bellied Eagle is a slender blackish raptor with a black crest (adult male bird length approximately 57 cm, wing 38 cm, bill 3.4 cm, tarsus 7.6 cm, tail 20.4 cm; adult female bird length approximately 57 cm, wing 42 cm, bill 3.6 cm, tarsus 8 cm, tail 23.5 cm). The adult looks blackish from above and rufous from below. Its hood, crest and sides of the neck are blackish. It feeds on large birds, such as pheasants, jungle-fowls, pigeons, partridges, and squirrels. Rufous-bellied eagles are commonly observed soaring high above the forest canopy while in flight. They exhibit a diving hunting technique, capturing prey such as birds and mammals in various locations including the air, canopy, or forest floor. Breeding season for these eagles takes place in winter, with the young fledging in spring when their prey species are also breeding. During their display flight, they perform stooping movements and wing-quivering. Nesting occurs on a large tree, often devoid of foliage. They construct a spacious platform using dry sticks and branches, which they break off. The nest is lined with green leaves, and a single egg is laid. Both parents take turns incubating the egg, feeding the young, and defending the nest.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Markus Lilje(www.inaturalist.org/people/Markus Lilje),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Paul Noakesmore information, please contact us.