Great Nicobar serpent eagle

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Great Nicobar serpent eagle
Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle (Spilornis klossi) by Shreeram MV.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Spilornis
S. klossi
Binomial name
Spilornis klossi
Richmond, 1902

The Great Nicobar serpent eagle (Spilornis klossi), also known as the South Nicobar serpent eagle, is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is the smallest known eagle, with a weight of about 450 g and a body length of about 40 cm[2]. It is endemic to forests on the Indian island of Great Nicobar. It is threatened by habitat loss.

All major authorities now treat it as a species, but in the past it was sometimes considered a subspecies of S. minimus. Today minimus is either considered a subspecies of the crested serpent eagle or a monotypic species from the central Nicobar Islands; the Central Nicobar serpent eagle.


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  2. ^ "Fascinating Facts about Eagles". Facts | Amazing Facts | Interesting Facts | Random Facts | Fun Facts. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
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