Genus SPILORNIS

This genus is distinguished from Circaetus by having a broad nuchal crest covering the whole nape, and by peculiar .

Coloration. brown above and below in adults, with numerous rounded white spots or ocelli on the lower parts. The bill is rather elongate and well hooked at the end, the festoon on the edge of the upper mandible small or wanting; nostrils oval, oblique; lores nearly naked. The wings are short and rounded, the 4th or 5th quill longest; tarsus, toes, and claws as in Circaetus.

Spilornis ranges throughout the Oriental region and comprises 6 or 7 species, of which three are found within our limits.

Key to the Species.
a. Pale wing-bar near tips of quills broader than adjoining dark interspace.
a1. Dark brown on back, with metallic gloss; wing 15-21………………………S. cheela, p. 357.
b1. Earthy brown on back, little or no gloss; wing 11-12………………………S. minimus, p. 381.
b. Last pale wing-bar narrower than dark interspace in front of it………………………S. elgini, p. 361.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus SPILORNIS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
356
M_ID: 
2667
M_SN: 
Spilornis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1713

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