Spilornis cheela (Bandipur, 2008)
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Spilornis

Spilornis is a genus of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. As adults all have dark crowns, and bright yellow eyes and cere. These medium-sized raptors are found in forests of southern Asia and are known as serpent-eagles; an English name shared with two African species from the genera Dryotriorchis and Eutriorchis.


As traditionally defined, there are 6 species in this genus, but several small island populations that usually are included in the crested serpent eagle have been proposed split into separate species.

Crested Serpent Eagle (Latham, 1790) Spilornis cheela
 Central Nicobar serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) minimus
 Simeulie serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) abbottii
 Nias serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) asturinus
 Mentawai serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) sipora
 Natuna serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) natunensis
 Bawean serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) baweanus
 Ryukyu serpent eagle, Spilornis (cheela) perplexus
Andaman Serpent Eagle (Blyth, 1863) (Spilornis elgini)
Philippine Serpent Eagle (Vigors, 1831) (Spilornis holospilus)
Mountain Serpent Eagle (Sclater, 1919) (Spilornis kinabaluensis)
Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle (Richmond, 1902) (Spilornis klossi)
Sulawesi Serpent Eagle (Gould, 1858) (Spilornis rufipectus)
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