Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)


Madagascar Serpent-eagle (Eutriorchis astur)


French: Firasabé de Madagascar German: Schlangenhabicht Spanish: Culebrera azor

Eutriorchis astur


, 1875,

southern Madagascar




N & E Madagascar, S to Ranomafana National Park#R.

Descriptive notes

57–66 cm; wingspan 98–110 cm. Upperparts and underparts clearly barred, wing feathers and long tail distinctively banded. Voluminous crest and yellow eye and legs... read more


Territorial call a far-carrying loud and measured “wah, wah, wah, wah...,” often followed by lower... read more


Primary rainforest at up to 1000 m; also around ecotone with secondary forest, but rarely, if ever... read more

Food and feeding

Diet almost entirely of lizards, also frogs, including tree-frogs, and occasionally bats and fledgling birds. Despite various vernacular... read more


First nest found in Nov 1997, in Masoala Peninsula, where a further four located by 2005; additional nests found since then. First nest was... read more


None recorded. Likely sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Very small population thought to be in continuous decline, although species not so rare as was previously thought. Found in rainforest in E Madagascar,... read more

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Madagascar Serpent-eagle (Eutriorchis astur). 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 18 January 2020).