RAPTORS of The World

Raptors are carnivorous. They hunt by sight during the day, are long lived, and have low reproductive rates. The catch their prey via strong claws three pointing forward and one pointing backward. The raptors that hunt by day are: hawks, eagle, buzzards, harriers, kites, vultures, falcons, caracaras. Owls hunt by night. Raptors are also called birds of prey.



Eagles

Order Accipitriformes    Family Accipitridae

The order Accipitriformes contains the diurnal (active during the day) birds of prey: hawks, goshawks, eagles, kites, vultures, ospreys, secretary birds. These birds have sometimes been considered part of the Falconiformes which contains the falcons, but DNA evidence indicates the orders should be separate.

The Accipitridae family contains the hawks, goshawks, eagles, kites, Old World vultures. It is a family of small to large birds, all with strongly hooked bill. They are found on all continents except Antactica.

This page contains birds that have "eagle" as part of their name. The term eagle is not a precise scientific name; what one person considers to be an eagle another may consider to be a hawk. In fact, the "solitary eagles" are place by most people in genus Buteogallus.  That genus also contains species termed "hawks". This has lead to the Buteogallus genus being split over two webpage; this one for eagles and another for hawks.


Genus Aquila
There is disagreement over what species should be included in the genus Aquila. If the location of a specific species is questionable, then an alternate genus is listed also. Some include all members of genus Hieraaetus in Aquila.

Eagle, African Hawk-  Aquila spilogaster  Found: tropical Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Hawk-Eagle has blackish upperparts; white underparts with heavy black streaking; white under-tail with black terminal band. Juvenile has brown upperparts; white underparts with rufous streaking.
Similar to: Bonelli's Eagle. African Hawk-Eagle has darker upperparts and heavier streaking than Bonelli's Eagle.
Image by:  1) Paul Seligman  2) Ian White - South Africa  2) Chris Eason  - South Africa  4) Steve Garvie - Kenya


Eagle, Bonelli's  Aquila fasciata  Found: southern Europe, Asia, Africa
The Bonelli's Eagle has dark brown upperparts; white with dark streaks underparts; gray upper-tail; white under-tail with single black terminal band; yellow feet, eyes.
Similar to: African Hawk-Eagle. African Hawk-Eagle has darker upperparts and heavier streaking than Bonelli's Eagle.
Image by: 1) Seshardri KS - India  2) Andy Li  3) Flavio - Zoo


Eagle, Booted Aquila pennata also Hieraaetus pennatus   Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Booted Eagle has two forms. Pale has mainly light gray plumage with darker head and flight feathers. Other form has brown plumage with dark gray flight feathers.
Image by:1) Lip Kee Yap  2) Chandima Gunadasa - Sri Lanka  3) Joby Joseph - India  4) Muchaxo - Portugal


Eagle, Cassin's Hawk- Aquila africana Found: Africa
The Cassin's Hawk-Eagle has grayish-black upperparts with some white edges; white underparts; dark and light brown bands on tail; pale yellow feet.
Image by: 1) Joseph Mochoge - Kenya  2) Nigel Voaden - Cameroon  3) Marcel Holyoak


Eagle, Golden Aquila chrysaetos   Found: North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Hawaii
The Golden Eagle has dark brown plumage; lighter golden brown on head and neck. Juveniles have white patches on wings and tail.
Similar to: Bald Eagle. Juvenile Bald Eagle has larger head, more protruding head, and larger bill than Golden Eagle.
Image by:  1) teddyllovet - California   2) BlueRidgeKitties - North Carolina  3, 6) Dick Daniels - Carolina Raptor Center   4) Dick - Jungle Island,Miami  5) J. Glover of Atlanta, Georgia   7) Pat Gaines - Colorado 
1) Juvenile



Eagle, Greater Spotted  Aquila clanga  also Clanga clanga Found: Europe, Asia
The Greater Spotted Eagle has mainly brown plumage with the head darker.
Similar to: Lesser Spotted Eagle. Easy to confuse Lesser Spotted Eagle and Greater Spotted Eagle. Greater Spotted Eagle is slightly larger. Lesser Spotted Eagle has white V at base of upper-tail; Greater Spotted Eagle does not.
Image by: 1, 4) JM Garg - India  3) Sergey Yeliseev  4) Umang Duff - India


Eagle, Gurney's  Aquila gurneyi  Found: Australasia (New Guinea and nearby islands).
The Gurney's Eagle has dark brown to black upperparts; light brown to white underparts.
Image by: 1) Joseph Wolf  2) David Beadie


Eagle, Imperial  also  Eastern Imperial Eagle  Aquila heliaca  Found; Europe, Asia, Africa
The Imperial Eagle has mainly dark brown upperparts with white shoulder patches; light brown head, neck, underparts; head, neck may have gold tinge; gray bill with yellow cere and dark tip. It breeds from southeastern Europe to western and central Asia. Most populations are migratory and winter in northeastern Africa, and southern and eastern Asia.
Similar to: Spanish Eagle. Spanish Eagle once consider subspecies of Imperial Eagle.
Image by: 1, 3) Sergey Pisarevskiy  - South Siberia, Russia  2) AngMoKio   4) Frankie Chu  5) Kor!An - Moscow Zoo
1) Juvenile?



Eagle, Indian Spotted   Aquila hastata  also  Clanga hastata  Found:  Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal
The Indian Spotted Eagle has light brown plumage.
Similar to; Lesser Spotted Eagle. The Indian Spotted Eagle has lighter color than the Lesser Spotted Eagle.
Image by: 1) Ravi Vaidyanathan  2) Aravind Venkatraman  - India


Eagle, Lesser Spotted  Aquila pomarina also Clanga pomarina  Found: Europe
The Lesser Spotted Eagle has mainly brown plumage with the head darker; white V at base of upper-tail (photo 3).
Similar to: Greater Spotted Eagle. Easy to confuse Lesser Spotted Eagle and Greater Spotted Eagle. Greater Spotted Eagle is slightly larger. Lesser Spotted Eagle has white V at base of upper-tail; Greater Spotted Eagle does not.
Similar to; Indian Spotted Eagle. The Indian Spotted Eagle has lighter color than the Lesser Spotted Eagle.
Image by: 1)  Steve Groom  2) Dragus - Birdpark Marlow  3) Artur Mikotajewski - Poland 


Eagle, Spanish  also Spanish Imperial Eagle  also  Adalbert's Eagle  Aquila adalberti  Found: Europe
The Spanish Eagle has mainly dark brown upperparts with white shoulder patches; light brown head, neck; iight brown or dark brown underparts depending on morph; light gray bill with yellow cere and darker tip. It is found in central and south-west Spain, adjacent areas of Portugal and possibly northern Morocco.
Similar to: Imperial Eagle. Spanish Eagle once consider subspecies of Imperial Eagle.
Image by: 1) Antonio Gomez  2) Dinis Cortez  3) Pinto Moreira  4) Martien Brand   5) Cristiano Crolle - Monfrague, Spain
1) Juvenile


Eagle, Steppe Aquila nipalensis   Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Steppe Eagle is a large eagle with brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail.
Similar to: Tawny Eagle. The dark morph Tawny Eagle can be confused with a Steppe Eagle. The Tawny Eagle has uniformly dark upperparts; Steppe Eagle has darker wings than back.
Image by: 1) Patricia van Casteren   2) Andy Li   3) Sergey Pisarevskiy - South Siberia, Russia   4) 4028mdk09  5) Lilly M - Kadzidlowo, Poland   6) Arno Meintjes 



Eagle, Tawny Aquila rapax   Found: Asia, Africa
The Tawny Eagle has several morphs, from light to dark.
Similar to: Steppe Eagle. The dark morph Tawny Eagle can be confused with a Steppe Eagle. The Tawny Eagle has uniformly dark upperparts; Steppe Eagle has darker wings than back.
Image by: 1, 2) Yathin Krishnappa  3, 4, 7) Arno Meintjes  5) Dick Daniels - Tanzania  6) Cristiano Crolle - Vingerklip, Namibia 8)  Francesco Veronesi - Kenya



Eagle, Verreaux's  also (African) Black Eagle  Aquila verreauxii  Found: southern and eastern Africa; near by western Asia
The Verreaux's Eagle has mainly black plumages; white rump; brown eyes; yellow eye-ring, feet. Juveniles are usually light and dark brown with a black face and light crown.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Dick Daniels - Radical Raptors, South Africa   4) Steve Garvie


Eagle, Wahlberg's Aquila wahlbergi  also  Hieraaetus wahlbergiFound: Africa
The Wahliberg's Eagle is light brown (intermediate morph), dark brown (dark morph), and rarely white.
Image by: 1) Doug Newman - Kruger National Park, South Africa  2) Ian White  3) Darren Bellerby - Maasai Mara, Kenya
1, 2) Intermediate morph  3) Dark morph


Eagle, Wedge-tailed Aquila audax   Found: Australia
The Wedge-tailed Eagle has a wedge shaped tail when seen in flight. Young eagles are a mid-brown colour with slightly lighter and reddish-brown wings and head. As they grow older, their colour becomes darker, reaching a dark blackish-brown shade after about ten years
Image by:  1) JJ Harrison - New South Wales  2) David Cook - Queensland    3) Dick Daniels - Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia   3) Thomas Schoch  4) Oystercatcher - New South Wales




Genus Buteogallus
The Crowned Solitary Eagle and Black Solitary Eagle are closely related and have sometimes been put into their own genus Harpyhaliaetus. Smaller members of Buteogallus are commonly called hawks and are shown elsewhere. The solitary eagles tend to eat reptiles and the smaller "hawks" tend to eat crustaceans.

Eagle, Crowned Solitary  also   Crowned Eagle  Buteogallus coronatus  Found: South America
The Crowned Solitary Eagle has gray plumage including a gray crest; short black-and-white banded tail with white tip. It is owl-like in that it is crepuscular. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay.
Image by: 1) Mateus Hidalgo  2, 3) Nori Almeida


Eagle, Black Solitary  also  Solitary Eagle  Buteogallus solitarius  Found: Mexico, Central America, South America
The Black Solitary Eagle has blackish plumage; white-tipped black tail with white band.
Similar to: Common Black Hawk. The Black Solitary Eagle is much larger and has broader wings than the Common Black Hawk.
Image by: 1) Tom Friedel  2) Sally Taylor - Ecuador



Genus Circaetus
The Snake-eagles, mainly African eagles, eat mainly snakes but also lizzards and small mammals. They are medium sized eagles. Snake-eagles build stick nests and lay just one egg.

Eagle, Black-chested Snake-  Circaetus pectorali  Found: southern Africa
The Black-chested Snake-Eagle has dark brown upperparts, head, upper-breast; white lower-breast, belly; white under-tail with some barring; yellow eyes.
Image by: 1) Gaurav Pandit near Lake Manyara, Tanzania  2) Brian Ralphs  3) Arno Meintjes 4) Carol Foil - Tanzania


Eagle, Beaudouin's Snake-  Circaetus beaudouini  Found: Africa
The Beaudouin's Snake-Eagle has grayish-brown upperparts; dark bib; white lower-breast and belly with barring.
Image by: 1, 3) Steve Garvie - Gambia  2) David Cook - Uganda


Eagle, Brown Snake-  Circaetus cinereus  Found: Africa 
The Brown Snake-Eagle has brown plumage; yellow eyes; black bill.
Image by:  1) Aviceda  - Murchison Falls NP, Uganda  2) Arno Meintjes


Eagle, Short-toed Snake-
  also  Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus  Found: Europe, Asia , Africa
The Short-toed Snake-Eagle has grayish-brown upperparts; off-white head; white underparts with speckles / streaks; off-white under-wings with light barring; owl shaped head.
Image by: 1) Orchi  2) Mario M   3) JV Verde - Portugal


Eagle, Southern Banded Snake-  also  Fasciated Snake-Eagle  Circaetus fasciolatus  Found; Africa
The Southern Banded Snake-Eagle has gray-brown upperparts, head, bib; whitish lower-breast and belly with barring; yellow eyes, feet.
Image by: 1, 2) Nydia Sofía Fernandes


Eagle, Western Banded Snake-  Circaetus cinerascens  Found: Africa
The Western Banded Snake-Eagle has gray-brown plumage; yellow eyes, legs. The under-tail is half white, half black, with a white tip.
Image by: 1) Mke Legend - Zambia  2) Michael and Helen Cox   3) Jerry Oldenettel - Namibia  4) Ron Knight



Genus Clanga
See Greater Spotted Eagle, Indian Spotted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle


Genus Dryotriorchis - 1 species
For other serpent-eagles, see Spilornis and Eutriorchis.

Eagle, Congo Serpent-  Dryotriorchis spectabilis  Found: Western and Central Africa
The Congo Serpent Eagle has brown upperparts; white underparts; black spots on the underparts (D. s. spectabilis); black spots on flanks (D. s. batesis).
Image by: 1) Joseph Smit  2) Seth of Rabi - Nigeria
1) D. s. spectabilis  2) D. s. batesis



Genus Eutriorchis - 1 species
For other serpent-eagles, see Spilornis and Dryotriorchis.

Eagle, Madagascar Serpent-  Eutriorchis astur  Found: Madagascar
The Madagascar Serpent-Eagle has dark gray upperparts; light gray underparts with dark barring; yellow eyes, legs.
Image by: John Gerrard Keulemans



Genus Haliaeetus
Fish eagles, also know as sea eagles eat mainly fish and small mammals. Most have white tails. Their closet relatives are in genus Ichthyophaga. They are probably closer to kites of genus Milvus than the "true eagles" of genus Aguila.

Eagle, African Fish-   Haliaeetus vocifer   Found: Africa
The African Fish-Eagle has brown upperparts with black wings; white head, nape, tail; breast; brown belly.
Image by: 1, 3) AngMoKio   2) Joseph Mochoge - Kenya  3) Dick Daniels - Tanzania  4) Charlie Westerinen - Botswana


Eagle, Bald Haliaeetus leucocephalus   Found: North America
The Bald Eagle has mainly dark brown plumage; white head, tail; yellow bill, feet. Juvenile has all brown plumage.
Similar to: Golden Eagle. Juvenile Bald Eagle has larger head, more protruding head, and larger bill than Golden Eagle.
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Homer, Alaska  2) Dick - Wyoming  3) Rick Leche   4) RoNg - Oregon   5) Dick -Anchorage Zoo, Alaska   6) Dick - Brookfield Gardens, South Carolina   7) Ted Grussing   8) Dick - Carolina Raptor Center    9) Wes Gibson - Iowa
1) Just fledged   2) 1 year   3) 2 year   4) 3 year  5 - 9) Adult




Eagle, Madagascar Fish-  Haliaeetus vociferoides  Found: Madagascar
The Madagascar Fish-Eagle has mainly dark brown plumage; pale brown head with whitish face; white tail; blackish bill with paler base; gray legs.
Image by: 1, 2) Dick Daniels - Antananarivo Zoo, Madagascar  3) Frank Vassen - Madagascar  4) Dick


Eagle, Pallas's Sea- also Pallas's Fish-Eagle  Haliaeetus leucoryphus  Found: Asia
The Pallas's Fish-Eagle has dark brown upperparts; white face; light brown underparts. It takes a vulture-like pose.
Image by: 1, 2) Lip Kee Yap - Kazaringa, Assam, India  3) Pankaj Kaushal - India


Eagle, Steller's Sea-  Haliaeetus pelagicus  Found: Asia
The Steller's Sea-Eagle has mainly dark brown to black plumage; white shoulders, leggings, tail.
Image by: 1)  Dmitry Valberg   2) Jorg Hempel  3) Dick Daniels - National Aviary  4) GruenesMonster72 - Japan


Eagle, White-bellied Sea- Haliaeetus leucogaster Found: Asia, Australia
The White-bellied Sea-Eagle has gray upperparts; white head, neck, underparts.
Image by:  1) MagicFluet1983  2) Dick Daniels - Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia  
    3) David Cook - Eden, NSW, Australia


Eagle, White-tailed  Haliaeetus albicilla  Found: Europe, Asia
The White-tailed Eagle has mainly brown plumage; bold white tail; yellow eyes, bill.
Image by: 1) Jorg Hempel  2) Yathin sk - Norway  3) www.volganet.ru 



Genus Harpia - 1 species

Eagle, Harpy  Harpia harpyja   Found: Mexico, Central America, South America
The Harpy Eagle has slate-black upperparts, upper-breast; gray head with a double crest; white lower-breast, belly; blackish bill, cere. The Harpy Eagle is the largest eagle in the Americas.
Similar to: Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. Harpy Eagle is much larger than Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle has yellow bill; Harpy Eagle has blackish bill.
Image by: 1) Tom Friedel  2) Charlie Westerinen - Miami Zoo  3) Dick Daniels - Jacksonville Zoo



Genus Harpyopsis - 1 species

Eagle, New Guinea  also  Papuan Eagle  Harpyopsis novaeguineae  Found: Australasia (New Guinea)
The New Guinea Eagle has gray upperparts; whitish underparts; black barred tail with white tip.
Image by: Markaharper



Genus Hieraaetus
See also Booted Eagle, Wahlberg's Eagle.  Some include all members of genus Hieraaetus in Aquila.

Eagle, Ayres's Hawk-  Hieraaetus ayresii  Found: Africa
The Ayres's Hawk-Eagle has brown upperparts; white underparts with black streaks; barred under-wings.
Image by: 1) Johann du Preez - ZImbabwe  2) Nigel Noaden  3) Aviceda - Uganda


Eagle, Little  Hieraaetus morphnoides  Found: Australasia
The Little Eagle has a light form and dark form. The light form has brown upperparts with white mottling; lighter brown head and underparts. The dark form has a darker head.
Image by:  1, 2, 4) Michael Dawes - Queensland  3) Paul Hitch
1, 2) Light morph  4) Dark morph



Genus Ichthyophaga
These fish eagles are closely related to the "sea eagles" of genus Haliaeetus.

Eagle, Gray-headed Fish-  Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus  Found: southeast Asia, Indian Subcontinent
The Gray-headed Fish-Eagle has a gray head; grayish-brown back, wings; brown breast; white belly; white tail with black terminal band.
Similar to: Lesser Fish-Eagle. Gray-headed Fish-Eagle is larger than Lesser Fish-Eagle. Gray-headed Fish-Eagle has bold black terminal band on tail; Lesser Fish-Eagle has indistinct band on a white tipped tail.
Image by:  1) Steve Garvie - Sri Lanka   2) Lip Kee - India  3) Stephen Cooper  4) Soubhagya S Behera - India


Eagle, Lesser Fish-  Ichthyophaga humilis  Found; Indian Subcontinent
The Lesser Fish-Eagle has a gray head; grayish-brown back, wings; brown breast; white belly; white tail with indistinct terminal band and white tipped.
Similar to: Gray-headed Fish-Eagle. Gray-headed Fish-Eagle is larger than Lesser Fish-Eagle. Gray-headed Fish-Eagle has bold black terminal band on tail; Lesser Fish-Eagle has indistinct band on a white tipped tail.
Image by: 1) Joseph Smit  2) Subramanya CK



Genus  Ictinaetus - 1 species

Eagle, Black  Ictinaetus malayensis  Found: tropical Asia
The Black Eagle has black plumage; yellow bill base (cere), feet.
Note: Verreaux's Eagle is also sometimes called "Black Eagle", but that bird is restriced to Africa.
Image by: 1) Tarique Sani - India  2) Kalyanvarma



Genus Lophaetus - 1 species

Eagle, Long-crested  Lophaetus occipitalis   Found: Africa
The Long-crested Eagle has a very long crest; mainly dark brown to black plumage; gray barred tail with white tip.
Image by: 1) Arno Meintjes  2) Carol Foil - Kenya  3) D Gordon Robertson - Tanzania   4, 5, 6) Dick Daniels - Kenya




Genus Lophotriorchis - 1 species

Eagle, Rufous-bellied  Lophotriorchis kienerii  Found: tropical Asia
The Rufous-bellied Eagle has a dark hood; white throat; white breast with dark streaks on edges; light rufous belly with dark streaks; rufous legs.
Image by: 1) Magalhães



Genus Nisaetus
The Hawk-eagles are found mainly in tropical Asia.  They are slender bodied, medium sized hawk-eagles with rounded wings, long feathered legs, barred wings, crests and usually adapted to forest habitats.

Eagle, Blyth's Hawk-  Nisaetus alboniger  Found: Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo.
The Blyth's Hawk-Eagle has dark brown to black upperparts; white breast with black spots; white-barred black belly; prominent crest.
Image by: 1, 2) Hiyashi Haka - Malaysia


Eagle, Changeable Hawk- also Crested Hawk-eagle  Nisaetus cirrhatus  Found: Asia
The dark morph Changeable Hawk-Eagle has mostly brown plumage; may have a large crest of about 4 feathers; white streaked breast brown breast. The light morph Changeable Hawk-Eagle is similar but has a light head and whitish underparts.
Image by: 1) MyLittleFinger- India  2) James Gordon - Sri Lanka   3) Werner Witte - Sri Lanka  4) Kesara Rathnayake - Sri Lanka  5) Gaurika Wijeratne - Sri Lanka
1, 2) Dark morph  3, 4 ,5) Light morph



Eagle, Javan Hawk-  Nisaetus bartelsi  Found: Indonesia
The Javan Hawk-Eagle has dark brown upperparts; rufous head, neck; white underparts with rufous mottling; off-white throat with thin black stripe; light gray under-tail with 4 bars; terminal bar is boldest; yellow eyes.
Image by: 1) Midori - Bandung Zoo  2) Irawan Subingar  3) Lip Kee - Indonesia


Eagle, Mountain Hawk-  Nisaetus nipalensis  Found: Asia
The Mountain Hawk-Eagle has mottled dark brown upperparts; dark brown underparts with white barring; brown and white bars on tail; tuffs of variable length.
Image by: 1) Yathin Krishnappa  2) Ron Knight  3) Shrikant Rao - Bengal  4) Lip Kee Yap - Malaysia 


Eagle, Philippine Hawk-  Nisaetus philippensis  Endemic to the Philippines
The Phillippine Hawk-Eagle has brown upperparts; may have a large crest of about 4 feathers; white throat with perhaps a black streak; white breast with black streaks; rufous belly; yellow eyes.
Image by: Chris Angelo Perez


Eagle, Sulawesi Hawk-  Nisaetus lanceolatus  Found: Indonesia
The Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle has dark brown upperparts; boldly-marked rufous-brown head, breast; white belly with dark barring. Juvenile  has dark brown upperparts; white head, underparts with some brown streaks / spots.
Image by: Lip Kee Yap - Indonesia
1) Juvenile
 

Eagle, Wallace's Hawk- Nisaetus nanus  Found; southeast Asia
The Wallace's Hawk-Eagle has dark brown upperparts; rufous-buff head with a black crest; whitish throat; blackish-and-beige tail with white tip; yellowish-beige underparts with some dark streaking on the breast..
Image by: 1) Mark Louis Benedict - Malaysia  2) Gary Albert - Malaysia  3) Jais Pg Othman - Malaysia



Genus Pithecophaga - 1 species

Eagle, Philippine  Pithecophaga jefferyi  Found: The Philippines
The Philippine Eagle has brown upperparts; white underparts; long neck feathers; light brown tail with darker subterminal band and white tip.
Image by: 1) Voltaire Malazarte  2) Harrybalais - The Philippine Eagle Center   3) scorpious18



Genus Polemaetus - 1 species

Eagle, Martial Polemaetus bellicosus   Found: Africa
The Martial Eagle has gray-brown upperparts; brown head, upper-breast; white lower-breast and belly with some small dark spots.
Image by: 1, 2, 3)  Arno Meintjes   4, 5) Dick Daniels - Radical Raptors in South Africa  6) Dick - World of Birds in South Africa   7) Dick - Tanzania  
1,2) Juvenile




Genus Spilornis
The Asian Serpent-Eagles have a dark crown; bright yellow eyes and cere (waxy covering at base of bill). Other speices termed serpent-eagles are Congo Serpent-Eagle and Madagascar Serpent-Eagle.

Eagle, Andaman Serpent-  Spilornis elgini  Found: India
The Andarnan Serpent-Eagle has mainly dark brown plumage; small white spots on underparts; dark brown tail one white band and white tipped; yellow face, bill, legs.
Image by: 1) Balaji Venkatesh Sivaramakrishnan  2) Anand Pendharkar


Eagle, Crested Serpent-  Spilornis cheela  Found: Asia
The Crested Ssrpent-Eagle has dark brown upperparts; lighter brown underparts; yellow facial skin. There are numerous subspecies of varing appearance. Some have small white spots on the underparts. The tail may have one or two white bands. Juvenile has white underparts, head.
Image by: 1) peellden  2) prashanthns  3) J M Garg - Faridabad District of Haryana, India


Eagle, Philippine Serpent-  Spilornis holospilus  Found: Philippine Islands
The Philippine Serpent-Eagle has brown upperparts; black crown; grayish-brown throat, cheeks; rufous underparts with white spots on breast; black tail with white central band; yellow facial skin, legs; black eye-ring.
Image by:  1) Charles Laigo  2) Richard Parker  3) Mark A Harper  4) Ilocos Norte


Eagle, Sulawesi Serpent-  Spilornis rufipectus  Found: Indonesia
The Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle has dark brown upperparts; dark gray cheeks; rufous breast; light belly with dark barring; yellow eyes, facial skin, legs.
Image by: 1) Joseph Wolf  2) David Beadle



Genus Spizaetus

New World Hawk-eagles. They are forest birds with several species having a preference for highland woodlands. They build stick nests in trees. The sexes are similarly plumaged with typical raptor brown upperparts and pale underparts, but young birds are distinguishable from adults, often by a whiter head.

Eagle, Black Hawk-  Spizaetus tyrannus  Found: Mexico, Central America, South America
The Black Hawk-Eagle has black plumage with some white speckling; black-and-white barred wings, tail.
Image by: 1) Tom Friedel - Argentina  2) Mark Watson  - Mexico  3) Dave Wendelken - Panama  4) Jerry Oldenettel - Venezuela


Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk-  Spizaetus melanoleucus  Found: Mexico, Central America, South America
The Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle has black upperparts; white head, neck, underparts; yellow eye-ring surrounded by black; black bill with yellow cere; yellow iris, feet; black-and-white tail with white tip.
Image by: 1)  Magalie L'Abbé   2, 3) Mateus Hidalgo   4) Carol Foil - Peru


Eagle, Black-and-chestnut   Spizaetus isidori  Found: South America
The Black-and-chestnut Eagle has black upperparts, head, neck; pointed crest; chestnut underparts with some fine black streaks; yellow eyes.
Image by: 1) Marc Athanase Parfait  2) Tom Friedel


Eagle, Ornate Hawk-  Spizaetus ornatus  Found: Mexico, Central America, South America
The Ornate Eagle-Hawk has blackish upperparts, crown, crest; chestnut nape, sides of neck; white throat; black-edged white central-breast; rest of underparts white with black barring; white under-tail with three dark bars and a white tip. Juvenile has white head, neck; white underparts with little barring.
Image by: 1) Mdf - Panama Juan  2) Nathan Rupert - San Diego Zoo  3) Mateus Hidalgo 
1) Juvenile



Genus Stephanoaetus

Eagle, Crowned Hawk- also Crowned Eagle  Stephanoaetus coronatus  Found: Africa
The Crowned Hawk-Eagle has blackish-gray upperparts; blackish-gray underparts with white bars and blotches
Image by: 1, 2) Steve Garvie - Kenya 3) N Myburg  4) Sandy Cole - San Diego Zoo  5) Aviceda




Genus Terathopius - 1 species

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus   Found: Africa
The Bateleur has black head, neck, underparts;  brown to chestnut mantle, rump, tail; red facial skin, eyes, legs; yellow bill with black tip; white under-wing with black tips. Male folded wing has gray shoulder, black lower half; female has chestnut shoulder, gray lower half with black edges.
Image by:  1, 5) Arno Meintjes  2) Tony Hisgett   3) Richard Towell   4) Nathan Rupert   6) Dick - Tanzania 
1, 2) Female  4, 5, 6) Male







OSPREY

Order Accipitriformes  (disputed)     Family Pandionidae   - 1 genus


Genus Pandion - 1 species

Osprey Pandion haliaetus   Found: all continents except Antarctica
The Osprey is the only species in its genus and the only member of its family. And it is a matter of dispute if it belongs with the eagle's order of the falcon's order. The appearance is unique enough so it is easy to identify.
Image by:  1) Dick Daniels - Florida 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Dick - North Carolina  7) Charlie Westerinen - California





SECRETARY BIRD

Order Accipitriformes    Family Pandionidae

This family has only one specied of bird.

Secretary Bird Sagittarius serpentarius   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Carol Foil -Rift Valley, Kenya  2) Brian Ralphs   3) DIck Daniels - Tanzania  4) Dick - Nairobi National Park, Kenya





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