Oriental Bird Images

Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus gallicus   - Being mobbed
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Photographer : © Manjusha Savant
Location :outskirts of Saswad, Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Date : 23 November 2019
English synonyms:Short-toed Snake-Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Short-toed Harrier Eagle, European Snake Buzzard, European Snake-Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Snake Buzzard, Turkestan Snake Buzzard, Lesser Sundas Short-toed Snake-eagle (sacerdotis)
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :A pair of Black Drongo were continuously mobbing a Short-toed Snake Eagle. At one point the eagle seem to get irritated and made a mock attack on the Black Drongos. - MS
Taxonomic Notes :Until recently considered monotypic, but a recent study supports the separation of the Lesser Sundas population as a new subspecies sacerdotis.
Ng, N.S.R., Christidis, L., Olsen, J., Norman, J. & Rheindt, F.E. (2017). A new subspecies of Short-toed Snake-eagle from Wallacea determined from morphological and DNA comparison. Zootaxa 4358(2): 365374.