Crested Serpent Eagle
Sexes alike; female larger. Dark brown plumage; roundish, pied crest, visible when erected; pale brown below, finely spotted white; in overhead flight, the dark body, white bars along the wings and white tail-band confirm identity; characteristic call. Solitary or in pairs, flying over forest, often very high, calling frequently; perches on leafy branches; swoops down on prey, snatching it in its talons; raises crest when alarmed.
snakes, lizards, birds, rodents, squirrels.
resident; subcontinent, to about 3,000m in the Himalaya.
loud whistling scream, keee…kee…ke…