(1768) Spilornis cheela ricketti
THE CHINESE SERPENT-EAGLE.
Spilornis cheela ricketti Sclater, Bull. B. O. C., xl, p. 37 (1919) (Yamakan, Fokien). Spilornis cheela. Blanf. & Oates, iii, p. 357.
Vernacular names. Doun-zoon (Burmese).
Description. Differs from S. c. cheela in having both upper and lower parts rather paler, the back being a paler ashy-brown with a purple-brown gloss ; the cheeks are grey and the chin and throat never black but either grey or brown, concolorous with the breast; the spots on the abdomen are very white and conspicuous but the adjoining dark markings paler and less conspicuous than in cheela ; the terminal black primary band is dark, as in that race.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 455 to 490 mm.; culmen 41 to 45 mm.
Distribution. South China from Amoy to North-East Burma.
Nidification. Nothing recorded.
Habits. Those of the species.