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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Circaetinae
Genus: Spilornis
Species: S. cheela - S. elgini - S. holospilus - S. kinabaluensis - S. klossi - S. rufipectus


Spilornis G.R. Gray, 1840


A list of the genera of birds p.3 Rasmussen and Anderton (2005)

Spilornis is a genus of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. As adults all have dark crowns, and bright yellow eyes and cere.[1] 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.[1]


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.[1]

Andaman Serpent Eagle, Spilornis elgini
Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle, Spilornis klossi
Sulawesi Serpent Eagle, Spilornis rufipectus
Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela
Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) minimus
Simeulie Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) abbottii
Nias Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) asturinus
Mentawai Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) sipora
Natuna Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) natunensis
Bawean Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) baweanus
Ryukyu Serpent Eagle, Spilornis (cheela) perplexus
Philippine Serpent Eagle, Spilornis holospilus
Mountain Serpent Eagle, Spilornis kinabaluensis


^ a b c Ferguson-Lees & Christie (2001). Raptors of the World. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713680261

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