Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Jerdon's Baza (Aviceda jerdoni)


French: Baza de Jerdon German: Hinduweih Spanish: Baza oriental

Pernis Jerdoni


, 1842,

no locality = Bengal, India


Has been thought probably part of a species-group with A. cuculoides, A. madagascariensis and A. subcristata; in the past, all four sometimes considered conspecific. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. j. ceylonensis (Legge, 1876) – SW India (in S Western Ghats and N Eastern Ghats) and S Sri Lanka#R; perhaps also Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere in E India, but lack of specimens complicates identification of race in this region#R.
  • A. j. jerdoni (Blyth, 1842) – NE India (and presumably this race recorded in S Nepal#R) through Myanmar, S China (SW Yunnan, NW & SW Guangxi#R#R, Hainan), Thailand and parts of Indochina to N Malay Peninsula; some movement S for winter, although recently proven to breed in Sumatra#R.
  • A. j. borneensis (Brüggemann, 1876) – Borneo.
  • A. j. magnirostris (Kaup, 1847) – Philippines.
  • A. j. celebensis (Schlegel, 1873) – Sulawesi, Togian Is#R, Banggai Is and Sula Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    41–48 cm; 353 g; wingspan 109–117 cm. Easily confused (especially non-adults) with Pernis ptilorhynchus, Accipiter trivirgatus, Nisaetus... read more


    Display flights are accompanied by loud sharp “kip-kip-kip...” or “tchip, TCHEP-... read more


    Moist deciduous and lowland dipterocarp to evergreen tropical forest, forest edge and clearings, in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Chiefly large insects (e.g. orthopterans, cicadas, beetles) and their larvae, but also lizards (e.g. Calotes), small mammals and... read more


    Poorly known. Season Apr–Aug in NE India; Feb–Jun in SW India; Nov–May in Sri Lanka (where copulation also recorded Sept... read more


    Sedentary; recorded throughout year in virtually all of range, but evidence of some altitudinal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Appears to be relatively uncommon to rare throughout range; might even be threatened, as rare almost everywhere and largely... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clark, W.S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Jerdon's Baza (Aviceda jerdoni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 February 2020).