Species Details

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Crested Serpent Eagle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Spilornis cheela
Family : Accipitridae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forests, Villages
Description : The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium-sized eagle with a broad white band in the wing and tail (adult bird length approximately 74 cm, wing 48 cm, bill 4.3 cm, tarsus 10 cm, tail 30 cm). It has a big head with a large nuchal crest. It usually breeds in February-March. It is a bird that primarily feeds on reptiles, such as snakes and lizards, and it hunts over forests, often near wet grasslands. However, it has been observed to prey on a variety of other animals, including birds, amphibians, mammals, fishes, termites, and large earthworms. It is typically found in areas with dense vegetation, both in low hills and plains.

This species is considered a resident species, but in certain regions, they are only present during the summer season. The breeding season begins in late winter, during which they engage in courtship behavior and establish territories. The eggs are laid in early summer. In India, it is common for the birds to refurbish and reuse old nests, but a study conducted in Penang found that they build fresh nests each year. Along riverine areas, it was observed that most nests were constructed by the birds.

The nest of the crested serpent eagle is a large platform located high up on a tree. Both male and female birds participate in building the nest, but it is the female who takes on the responsibility of incubating the eggs. The male guards the nest while the female goes out to forage for food.
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;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Peter Boesman(www.xeno-canto.org/Peter Boesman), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.