The Crested Serpent Eagle can be found in a large geographical region from South Asia, including Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, to Southeast Asia, extending to southern China and Indonesia.
The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium large raptor at about 55–75 cm in length. Adults have dark brown upperparts and head, and have a hooded appearance at rest. The underparts and underwing coverts are pale brown. In soaring flight, the broad wings are held in a shallow V. The tail and underside of the flight feathers are black with broad white bars. When perched, they appear large headed and owl-like due to the shape of the face and positioning of the eyes.
Sexes are visually similar, but young birds have a whitish head, underparts and underwing, the latter showing darker barring.
Calls / Vocalizations
The call is a distinctive Kluee-wip-wip with the first note being high and rising. They call a lot in the late mornings from perches or as they rise on the thermals in the mornings.
Diet / Feeding
The Crested Serpent Eagle, as its English and scientific names suggest, is a specialist reptile eater which hunts over woodland for snakes and lizards.
Breeding / Nesting
This forest bird nests in treetops near fresh water. Its nests are constructed with sticks and contain not more than a single egg at a time.
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