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Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Circaetinae
Genus: Spilornis
G.R. Gray, 1840[1]

Spilornis is a genus of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. As adults all have dark crowns, and bright yellow eyes and cere.[2] These medium-sized raptors are found in forests of southern Asia and are known as serpent-eagles; an English name shared with two African species from the genera Dryotriorchis and Eutriorchis.[2]


Greek: σπιλος spilos “spot”; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos “bird”.[3]


As traditionally defined, there are 6 species in this genus, but several small island populations that usually are included in the crested serpent eagle have been proposed split into separate species.[2]


  1. ^ Gray, George Robert (1840). A List of the Genera of Birds. Richard and John E. Taylor. p. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c Ferguson-Lees & Christie (2001). Raptors of the World. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-8026-1
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2017). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.