1218. Spilornis minimus.
The Little Nicobar Serpent-Eagle.
Spilornis minimus, Hume, S. F. i, p. 404; ii, p. 149; iv, p. 282; id. Cat. no. 39 sept.; Gurney, Ibis, 1878, p. 101.
Coloration. Adult. Crown and nape black, the feathers white at the base and for more than half their length; upper parts dull umber-brown, with little or no metallic gloss ; quills blackish at the end, then a broad bar pale brown below, brown above, next a blackish bar narrower than the pale one, then another pale band, inner webs above this mostly white; tail blackish brown, with two paler brown bars; ear-coverts and lower parts brown, but paler than back; upper breast without bars; lower breast, abdomen, and thigh-coverts with broad white spots, the borders of the spots scarcely darker than the spaces between; inner wing-coverts chiefly white.
Young very similar to that of S. cheela.
Bill light blue, dark horny at tip; cere, gape, orbital skin, and irides bright yellow; legs and feet also yellow (Hume).
Length about 19; tail 8; wing 11.5; tarsus 3; bill from gape 1.6.
Distribution. The Nicobar Islands, whence several specimens were obtained by Mr. Hume.