Saturday, 27 August 2016

Blyth's Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus alboniger)

Latin Etymology: Nisaetus (?) alboniger ("white black")

Adult Blyth's Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus alboniger) at Genting Highlands, Malaysia - July 2016

Local Name - Malay: Helang Hindek Gunung ("Hindek Mountain Eagle")
Weight: 830g
Length: 51-58cm
Wingspan: 56-70cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern 

A distinctive black and white raptor of the lower reaches of mountainous rainforest, this species is in many ways little known due to it's rainforest habitat - it's diet includes lizards and bats, but possibly more, it's population size is unknown but has a large enough range that it is not currently believed to be in danger.  However, it is tolerant of some human activity - as demonstrated by the fact I saw it at Genting.  It is named after the English Zoologist Edward Blyth - a man who was the curator of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal and a correspondent of Darwin who first described this species to Western Science.

Related Species:
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Nisaetus
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A widespread but local resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A single bird Genting Highlands

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum OpusBirdGuides, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto    

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