Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Congo Serpent-eagle (Dryotriorchis spectabilis) - HBW 2, p. 134

French: Serpentaire du Congo German: Schlangenbussard Spanish: Culebrera Congoleña
Other common names: African Serpent-eagle

Taxonomy: Astur spectabilis Schlegel, 1863, St George Elmina, Ghana.
Monotypic genus, may be most related to Asian Spilornis species and Madagascan Eutriorchis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • spectabilis (Schlegel, 1863) - Sierra Leone E to S Nigeria and NW Cameroon.
  • batesi Sharpe, 1904 - S Cameroon E to W Uganda and S to Gabon and SC Zaire; N Angola.

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