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Congo Serpent Eagle - BirdForum Opus

Photo by megan perkins
Kakum, Ghana, February 2011
Dryotriorchis spectabilis

Identification

54 – 60 cm

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White underparts with spots and bars
  • Black crown
  • Rufous collar
  • Light brown face
  • Dark stripe across cheeks
  • Dark streak down throat centre
  • Long tail
  • Short, hooked bill

Distribution

West and Central Africa: occurs from Sierra Leone and Liberia to Ghana and again from southern Nigeria east to western Uganda ranging south to Gabon (perhaps northern Angola) and central Zaire.

Taxonomy

Two subspecies are currently recognised:

  • D. s. spectabilis:
  • D. s. batesi:

Habitat

Dense primary rainforest. Rarely seen due to secretive behaviour and poor light of its preferred habitat.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes chameleons, amphibians, and snakes.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. ARKive

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