Haematornis elgini Blyth, 1863, South Andaman Island. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Andaman dark serpent eagle; French: Serpentaire des Andaman; German: Andamanenschlangenweihe; Spanish: Culebrera de Andamбn.
19.3–21.3 in (49–54 cm); 27.9–35.3 oz (790–1,000 g). Plumage mainly dark brown with small white spots.
Mainly forests and forest clearings of inland, occasionally on hillsides with scattered trees.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Not well known. Takes a variety of prey, including birds, frogs, lizards, snakes, and rats; perhaps catches mainly reptiles, as do other serpent-eagles.
Mutual soaring and calling over territory. No other information. Perhaps a small clutch, of one egg, as S. cheela.
Near Threatened. Most numerous raptor in the Andaman Islands but listed as rare or Near Threatened because of very small
al range and anticipated increasing threats. Hunting is common and may also be a problem for the eagle.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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