(1771) Spilornis cheela minimus.
THE NICOBAR SERPENT-EAGLE.
Spilornis minimus Hume, Stv. Feath., i, p. 464 (1873) (Camorta, Nicobars); Blanf. & Oates, iii, p. 361.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. This is the smallest and palest oE all forms of Spilornis cheela except the next. The upper parts are paler grey or brown; the breast is greyish-brown and unbarred in old birds, the chin and throat the same colour as the breast. The apical black band on the primaries is short, under two inches in breadth.
Colours of soft parts. Iris yellow ; bill light blue, dark horny at the tip; cere, gape and orbital skin bright yellow; legs and feet yellow.
Measurements. Wing 286 to 290 mm.; tail 191 to 192 mm.; tarsus about 75 to 77 mm.; culmen 35 to 37 mm.
Distribution. Nicobars ; Camorta and Nancowry Islands. Nidification unknown.
Habits. Those of the species. Davison records that this lit tie Eagle was very wild and shy and was only found in forest near rivers, etc. and that it did not frequent the shores and openings.