French: Aigle noir German: Malaienadler Spanish: Águila milana
Other common names:
Indian Black Eagle
Indian Archipelago = Java
Subspecies and Distribution
I. m. perniger
(Hodgson, 1836) – extreme NE Pakistan (Murree Hills) and N India, Nepal, Bhutan, Assam and W & N Myanmar; also C India, Odisha, Western Ghats and N & S Eastern Ghats, and Sri Lanka.
I. m. malaiensis
(Temminck, 1822) –
CS & SE China (S Shaanxi S to Yunnan and Anhui S to Fujian, C Guangdong and Hainan)#R and Taiwan, S through Indochina and Malay Peninsula to Greater Sundas, Sulawesi and Moluccas; also Butung, Banggai Is (Peleng) and possibly Sula Is.
65–80 cm; 1000–1600 g; wingspan 148–182 cm. Largish, kite-like eagle with broad paddle-shaped wings, long tail, smallish head and bill, large gape. Overall... read more
Generally silent, except during breeding season. Most common call a repeated, rather hoarse-... read more
Forested hills and mountains from sea-level to 3300 m elevation (but mostly at 300–2000 m);... read more
Food and feeding
Prey said to include birds (especially nestlings but also eggs), lizards, small mammals, frogs, bats and large insects. At Sri Lanka nest,... read more
Season varies: Nov–Jan in S India, later in N India; Oct–Apr in Bhutan; Nov–Feb in Sri Lanka; Apr–Aug on Java;... read more
Mainly sedentary, but some wandering suggested by vagrancy into Pakistan (where has bred) from W... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Rough global population estimate of 10,000 individuals. Widespread, but usually rare to uncommon, or locally common; fairly... read more
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