(1772) Spilornis cheela klossi.
THE GREAT NICOBAR SERPENT-EAGLE.
Spilornis klossi Richmond, Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., xxv, pp. 304-5 (1902) (Great Nicobar).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. " General colour above... drab with a slight coppery sheen and some of the feathers with narrow white tips ; nape and sides of the neck Isabella colour; top of head black, the longer feathers with narrow tips of Isabella colour; ear-coverts, cheeks and malar region clear smoke-grey; throat buffy-white with an indistinct median stripe of smoke-grey ; breast buffy wood-brown, paler on abdomen, sides, thighs and under tail-coverts; lesser and middle wing-coverts dark drab, prominently edged with white; primaries black with two dusky bars, one only on the outer primary; tail with two pale bars."
Colours of soft parts. " Iris yellow; cere, base of bill and naked skin on sides of head yellow; bill, tip black, middle bluish
Measurements. "Wing 257 mm.; tail 165 mm.; tarsus 75 mm.; culmen 33 mm."
Immature birds "have buffy tips to the feathers of head, back and wing-coverts; the tail has three bars instead of two." (Taken from original descriptions by Richmond.)
Distribution. Great Nicobar.
Habits. Richmond records that the stomachs of the birds obtained by Kloss contained the remains of lizards, rats, a small bird and an Emerald Dove.