Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Endangered

Madagascar Serpent-eagle (Eutriorchis astur)


Taxonomy

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

Eutriorchis astur

Sharpe

, 1875,

southern Madagascar

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53020 on 20 November 2017).