Spilornis melanotis

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.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Spilornis melanotis
Spp Author: 
Jerd.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
37
Common name: 
Sourn Harrier Eagle
M_ID: 
2670
M_SN: 
Spilornis cheela melanotis
Term name: 
id: 
11216

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