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The sharp Hawk-Eagle of Sri Lanka

Kumana National Park

Lesser-known facts

The Changeable Hawk Eagle is a medium to large sized raptor, which is about 60 to 72 centimeters in length with a 127 to 138 centimeter wingspan, and a weight ranging from 1.2 to 1.9 kilograms. They are known to be a relatively slender forest eagle with some subspecies (especially N. c. limnaetus) being dimorphic, which gives its name ‘changeable’. This along with the bird’s complicated phylogeny, further complicates it’s precise identification.

Where to find them 

The Changeable Hawk Eagle, also known as the Crested Hawk Eagle - is a breed of eagles found in the Indian subcontinent, mainly in India and Sri Lanka, and also the south eastern rim of the Himalayas across Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. They occur outside the mating season in open woodlands, although the island forms of the bird prefers a habitat with a high density of trees.

Fun facts

The Changeable Hawk Eagle, Nisaetus cirrhatus, is a species of birds belonging to the family of Accipitridae although they were once placed in the genus of Spizaetus. This change took place after studies pointed that the group was paraphyletic, resulting in the Old World members being placed in Nisaetus (Hodgson, 1836) and being separated from the New World species.

 

 

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