Spilornis melanotis, Jerd.
39bis. :- Butler, Deccan, &c.; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 373; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 230.
The Southern Harrier Eagle differs perceptibly from S. cheela of Upper India; the wings of the latter vary in the males from 18.5 to nearly 20 inches, and in the females from 19.5 to nearly 21; while in this present species they vary in the males from 17 to barely 18 inches, and in the females from 18 to 18.5 inches; the lower parts also are somewhat less conspicuously ocellated, and the barring on the breast, so conspicuous in adult cheela, is almost entirely wanting.
The Southern Harrier Eagle is a permanent resident and is not uncommon in the hilly tracts and jungles along the Western Ghats, but has not been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.