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Photo by Peter Ericsson
Picture taken at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand.

Alternative name: Hodgson's Hawk-Eagle

Nisaetus nipalensis

Spizaetus nipalensis


Similar species

Changeable Hawk Eagle (see references)


India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan.


Two subspecies are currently recognized: nipalensis which is found from the Himalayas to China and the Malay peninsula and orientalis in Japan.
Legge's Hawk-Eagle was formerly considered conspecific.
Like the other Asian Hawk-Eagles this species was formerly placed in genus Spizaetus.


Forest and woodland along streams.


Legge's Hawk-Eagle has several adaptations to probably hunting between trees and likely eating more mammals than this species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gjershaug et al. 2008: An overlooked threatened species of eagle: Legge’s Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus kelaarti (Aves: Accipitriformes) Zootaxa 1792: 54–66
  3. Birdforum thread discussing identification of this species

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