French: Serpentaire des Célèbes German: Celebesschlangenweihe Spanish: Culebrera de Célebes
vicinity of Macassar, south-west Sulawesi
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. rufipectus
Gould, 1858 – Sulawesi, and islands of Salayar, Muna and Butung (off S & SE coasts).
S. r. sulaensis
(Schlegel, 1866) – Banggai Is and Sula Is, off E Sulawesi.
41–54 cm; wingspan 105–120 cm. Medium-sized serpent-eagle; similar to S. cheela, especially in being vocal and conspicuous, but has completely dark hood... read more
Gives a repeated “keek” or “kek”, and “fli-wi-keek”, probably... read more
Forest edge and openings (including rice fields), coconut groves, wooded gardens, secondary forest... read more
Food and feeding
Virtually nothing known, although recorded prey items include lizards, small snakes and rodents; overall diet and habits most likely... read more
Fledged young in May; laying estimated to take place in Jan–Feb. Singles or pairs engage in high-circling flights, accompanied by... read more
Apparently sedentary, although it has been suggested that juvenile dispersal could reach adjacent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and common, e.g. in Dumoga Bone National Park (N Sulawesi). Occurrence and foraging in open grassland and... read more
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