Great Nicobar serpent eagle

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Great Nicobar serpent eagle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Spilornis
Species: S. klossi
Binomial name
Spilornis klossi
Richmond, 1902

The Great Nicobar serpent eagle (Spilornis klossi), also known as the South Nicobar serpent eagle, is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is endemic to forests on the Indian island of Great Nicobar. It is threatened by habitat loss.

All major authorities now treat it as a species, but in the past it was sometimes considered a subspecies of S. minimus. Today minimus is either considered a subspecies of the crested serpent eagle or a monotypic species from the central Nicobar Islands; the Central Nicobar serpent eagle.

References[edit]

  • Ferguson-Lees & Christie (2001). Raptors of the World. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-8026-1