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Crested Serpent-Eagle, Hainan, China (1 Viewer)

Hainan on the fly

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I was thinking this is Crested Serpent-Eagle but don't have the skill to rule out Crested Honey-buzzard or Oriental Honey-buzzard. I realize the single white band near the outer edge of the wing is a helpful identifier but saw some pictures of CHB and OHB that looked pretty similar in terms of underwing markings. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Brian
 

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Deb Burhinus

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Hi Brian

OHB and CHB are different names for same species btw. Some juvenile honey buzzard sp mimic Nisaetus hawk eagle species here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisaetus
and there is a dark form sub-species of OHB aka CHB, that is very similar in markings to Crested Serpent Eagle here http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=896&Bird_Image_ID=141799
that Graham W referenced out some weeks back on the thread link below. However, note the large ‘eagle’ head on your bird, with the long yellow gape among other things which separate eagles from all the honey buzzard sp. (and I am not sure whether a dark form of OHB occurs in China)
You may find this thread useful
 
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Hainan on the fly

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Hi Stu

OHB and CHB are different names for same species btw. Some juvenile honey buzzard sp mimic Nisaetus hawk eagle species here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisaetus
and there is a dark form sub-species of OHB aka CHB, that is very similar in markings to Crested Serpent Eagle here http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=896&Bird_Image_ID=141799
that Graham W referenced out some weeks back on the thread link below. However, note the large ‘eagle’ head on your bird, with the long yellow gape among other things which separate eagles from all the honey buzzard sp. (and I am not sure whether a dark form of OHB occurs in China)
You may find this thread useful
Fantastic information! Both comments and the discussion in the link are very helpful.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 

stuartelsom

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Hi Stu

OHB and CHB are different names for same species btw. Some juvenile honey buzzard sp mimic Nisaetus hawk eagle species here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisaetus
and there is a dark form sub-species of OHB aka CHB, that is very similar in markings to Crested Serpent Eagle here http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=896&Bird_Image_ID=141799
that Graham W referenced out some weeks back on the thread link below. However, note the large ‘eagle’ head on your bird, with the long yellow gape among other things which separate eagles from all the honey buzzard sp. (and I am not sure whether a dark form of OHB occurs in China)
You may find this thread useful
I take it you meant Brian?

I'm Stu... :)

Stu
 

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