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Changeable Hawk-Eagle

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Subspecies cirrhatus Photo by mikemikKanha National Park, Mandla, India, November 2015
Subspecies cirrhatus
Photo by mikemik
Kanha National Park, Mandla, India, November 2015

Alternative name: Crested Hawk-Eagle

Nisaetus cirrhatus

Spizaetus cirrhatus


[edit] Identification

51–82 cm (20-32ΒΌ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Barred underside of flight feathers and tail
  • Black streaks on throat
  • Dark brown streaks on breast

Sexes alike; females larger

The name is due to the dual morph phases - a dark morph and a pale morph.

[edit] Distribution

Juvenile 'pale morph' Photo by kctsangSingapore, 2006
Juvenile 'pale morph'
Photo by kctsang
Singapore, 2006

Southern Asia: occurs in India, Sri Lanka and the Andamans and Nepal east to Vietnam and south to the Malay Peninsula. Also occurs in the southern Philippines, Borneo, Sumatra and Java.

[edit] Taxonomy

New studies place this species in the genus Nisaetus instead of Spizaetus.

Flores Hawk-Eagle was recently split from this species[1], [2].

[edit] Subspecies

Five subspecies are recognised which are sometimes split in two species [1]:
Crested Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus):

Subspecies ceylanensisPhoto by Andrew SBundala National Park, Sri Lanka, November 2003
Subspecies ceylanensis
Photo by Andrew S
Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka, November 2003

Changeable Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus limnaeetus)

Clements [1] now splits this species. However, the other worldlists don't follow yet and the Opus awaits further clarification.

[edit] Habitat

Deciduous and evergreen forests, gallery forests, open woodland and savanna from sea-level up to 3,300m, hunting over forest edge and clearings.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The stick nest isplaced in a tree. A single greyish-white egg is laid.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes mammals which include squirrels, hares and rats, small and large birds and reptiles such as lizards, frogs and snakes.

[edit] Movements

Generally considered a resident species.

[edit] Vocalisation

Photo by michha62Khanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Photo by michha62
Khanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

Call: loud, high-pitched ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-kee.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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