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Andaman serpent eagle

The Andaman serpent eagle (Spilornis elgini) is a species of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is endemic to the Andaman Islands in southeast India.

Andaman serpent eagle
Andaman Serpent Eagle Albin 1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Spilornis
Species: S. elgini
Binomial name
Spilornis elgini
(Blyth, 1863)


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical mangrove forest. It is threatened by habitat loss. The Andaman Serpent Eagle prefers areas of scattered trees.


Foot to head the Andaman Serpent Eagle is 51-59cm. The juveniles are almost the same as adults in appearance. Its crown is a dark brown, the throat of it is a pale brown. This eagle has brown ear-coverts. One unique feature of is white specks on the raptors wings.


Andaman serpent eagles call is a clear kweep, kweep, kweep



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Spilornis elgini". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

Voice/habitat/appearance in Collins field guide - birds of india