Madagascar Serpent Eagle

Madagascar Serpent Eagle

Author: Dubi Shapiro

Quas molestias excepturi
Madagascar Fish-Eagle

Madagascar Fish-Eagle

Author: Frank Vassen

Madagascar Fish-Eagle
Crowned Solitary Eagle

Crowned Solitary Eagle

Author: Carlos Alejandro Alderete

Crowned Solitary Eagle
Saker Falcon

Saker Falcon

Author: Sergey Yeliseev

Saker Falcon

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Discribed in 1873 by Allan Octavian Hume in Busnah, Phooljan State, India. The Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti) is also described by other authors as Athene blewitti although it is said to be more closely related to the Glaucidium genus. It can be found in the deciduous forest of central India but recently it is only know from 12 highly fragmented areas. The first specimen to be collected was in 1866 by F. R. Blewitt, which was later described in 1873, then seen again in the wild in 1884, to go missing again until 1997 (113 years) were it was rediscovered by Pamela Rasmussen.


The Forest Owlet can reach 9" (23 cm) and has a reflectively large head. It's plumage can vary from brown to grey in color and has heavily banded wings and tail with some spotting.


The first specimen was collected with in a dense jungle in central India, with more recent specimens being found in more open areas and slopes.

Author: Mayur Kotlikar


In a recent study the following results were found:

60% - Lizards
15% - Rodents
2% - Birds
The rest consisting of invertebrates and frogs.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

I would like to thank the Global Raptor Information NetworkBirdLife International and the Internet Bird Collection for providing the information on this species and Sergey YeliseevJulia SumangilAlastair Rae for letting me use their amazing photographs.

The Saker Falcon is among the top of the list of raptors for falconers around the world. Due to its large size and versatility in the hunt. This raptor can take small to medium seized mammals with out a problem and provides an absolutely spectacular show when it comes to hunting birds in flight, although it might be argued that it doesn't put up the most spectacular show when compared to other raptors. It is also one of the favorite raptors to crate hybrids with. But it is also because of this interest that the Saker Falcon is on the Endangered list, for its unsustainable capture for the falconry market and other threats like habitat degradation and the impact of agrochemicals. 

Although the recent survey's on the population status might not be  100% accurate, further studies need to be carried out as quickly as possible to get a more realistic population status. Currently their population is estimated to be around 12,800 to 30,800 mature individuals (Birdlife International 2012). 


The Saker Falcon is considered to be a large falcon and is also included in the Subgenus Hierofalcon which includes four closely related species; Saker Falcon, GyrFalcon, Lanner Falcon and the Lagger Falcon. Some authors even dispute that the GyrFalcon is just a color morph of the Saker Falcon and that the Altai Falcon (Falcon cherrug altaicus) is a natural hybrid between the Saker and the Gryfalcon. It can grow to be 47-55 cm in length and have a wingspan of 105-130 cm. Its plumage is similar to that of the Lanner Falcon but its wings make it look like a Gyrfalcon in flight. The males and females are similar but he female tends to have plumage that resemble the juveniles  but they tend to be a duller brown. The juveniles of the Lanner and Saker Falcons are almost identical but the Saker Falcon has a buff top on its head with dark streaks.

Author: Sergey Yeliseev


The Saker Falcon has a very large range in which it occurs and so their diets can very depending on the prey available in their area. Common prey items consist of the following:

Susliks (Spermophilus spp.)
Ground Squirrels
Crows (Corvus spp.)
Voles (Microtus spp.)
Eurasian Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Pikas (Ochotona spp.)
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)
Steppe Hare (Lepus tolai)
Gerbils (Meriones spp.)
Mongolian Marmots (Marmota sibirica)

Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
 Author : Julia Sumangil

Pallas's Pika (Ochotona pallasi)
Author: Alastair Rae

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I would like to thank the Global Raptor Information NetworkBirdLife International and the Internet Bird Collection for providing the information on this species and Mr. Dubi Shapiro, Mr. Arthor Chapman, Mr. Frank Vassen, Mr. Christoph Scholz and Mr. Olaf Pronk for letting me use their amazing photographs. 

This species was first recorded in 1875 by Sharpe. It can grow to lengths of 2'2"  and is said to be a medium sized bird. It has brown upper parts, with narrow, blackish bands on the crown, nape, and the ear coverts. Underparts are light brown. It has yellow eyes with long powerful, yellowish, heavily-scaled legs. It's population runs between some 250-999 birds with the numbers decreasing due to habitat reduction and commercial logging activities. A recent Study in 2005 by Lerner and Mindell concluded that the Madagascar Serpent Eagle is closely related to Gypaetinae subfamily which includes the Palm-Nut Vulture, Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), and the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). It is said to live within the Masoala National Park.

Author: Dubi Shapiro

Not too long ago what we knew of this species came from 11 specimens. It was very rare to spot the bird and so it was thought to be in immediate danger of extinction until 1993 when a field team from the Peregrine Fund captured and photographed one of these magnificent birds. then in more recent years thanks to studies by Russell Thorstrom, Lily René de Roland, Steve Goodman they have managed to prove that this raptor in more common than previously expected, although they are still quite rare and they are susceptible to habitat loss which makes them even more vulnerable.


Most accounts of the Madagascar Serpent Eagle have been with in the heavy rain forest areas and two of the sights have been near rivers. It might be safe to safe that they reside in areas like the one in the photo below courtesy of Mr. Frank Vassen, who was so kind to let me use his spectacular photo.

AuthorFrank Vassen


A study carried out in 2003 reported the following results from two nest sites, Thorstrom et al. (2003)

- 264 (85.1%) Chameleons and Geckos
- 42 (13.2%) Frogs 
- 2 (0.7%) Snakes
- 2 (0.7%) Bats
- 1 (0.3%) Insect

The chameleons included species from the Calumna and Furcifer genus like the Parson's Chameleon and the Panther Chameleon:

Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)
 Author: Christoph Scholz

Parson's Chameleon (Calumna parsonii)

There were various geckos but all of them seemed to be from the Leaf-tailed Gecko family like the Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus)
AuthorFrank Vassen

The frogs that were present pertained to the Boophis and Mantidactylus genus. A good example would be the Boophis madagascariensis (Madagascar Bright-eyed Frog)

Author: Arthur Chapman

All of the snakes pertained to the genus Stenophis

Author: © Olaf Pronk
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Monday, November 26, 2012

I would like to thank the Global Raptor Information NetworkBirdLife International and the Internet Bird Collection for providing the information on this species and Mr. Serge Aubert, Mr. Carlos Alejandro Alderete, Mr. Tedd Santana, Mr. Cláudio Timm and Mr. Cristiano Dalla Rosa for letting me use there amazing photographs.

First observed in 1817 by Vieillot, the Crowned Solitary Eagle is said to be a large,powerful, crested eagle. It has long, broad wings with a short tail. It's color is a dull salty-grey, which is slightly dark on the wings. It can grow up to 2'6"-3' long.  This spices can be found in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. Although there are 250-999 birds today, there numbers are decreasing due to habitat destruction and hunting.

Author: Serge Aubert

It can be seen anywhere from grasslands and pastures to light wooded foot hills and brush lands. It might be safe to say that one can observe this eagle within the following habitat depicted in the photo.

Author: Tedd Santana


Studies have shown the following food sources for this magnificent raptor:

Nine-banded Armadillos (Dosypus novemcinctus)
Southern Three-banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes mataco)
Teid Lizard (Tupinambis merianae)
Crab-eating Fox* (Cerdocyon thous)
Deer* (Blastocercus dichotomus)

* These were carrion.

Tied Lizard (Tupinambis merianae)
Author: Cláudio Timm

Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous)
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Madagascar Fish-Eagle (Haliaetus vociferoides)
Great Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)

Ridgway's Hawk (Buteo ridgwayi)
Flores Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus floris)

Cuban Kite (Chodrohierax wilsonii)
White-Collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi)

White-Rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californiauns)
Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus)
Red-Headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus)

Pernambuco Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium mooreorum)
Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti)Anjouan Scops-Owl (Otus capnodes)
Moheli Scops-Owl (Otus moheliensis)
Grand Comoro Scops-Owl (Otus pauliani)
Siau Scops-Owl (Otus siaoensis)

*If possible descriptions and photos will be provided of all of the above.
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-Gundlach's Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi)

-Reunion Harrier (Circus maillardi)

-Madagascar Serpent-Eagle (Eutriorchis ostur)

-Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)

-White-Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

-Rueppell's Vulture (Gyps rueppellii)

-Crowned Solitary Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronotus)

-Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Ketupa blakistoni)

-Grey-Backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis)

-Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)

-Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

-Javan Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus bartilsi)

-Flores Scops-owl (Otus alfredi)

-Biak Scops-owl (Otus beccarii)

-Seychelles Scops-owl (Otus insularis)

-Sokoke Scops-owl (Otus ireneae)

-Serendib Scops-owl (Otus thilohofmanni)

-Congo Bay-owl (Phodilus prigoginei)

-Taliabu Masked-Owl (Tyto nigrobrunnea)

-Long-whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi)

* Pictures and descriptions will be provided for each raptor if possible.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The blog will be under going several changes within the next couple of day so please bear with me and come back as often as you can. Thank you very much and have a great day.
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my blog. I would like to notify you that the media on this page is not mine. I have used other websites to gather information and put it all together in this blog. The text how ever, was paraphrased and typed by myself. I would like to thank you all for visiting my page and I encourage you to send me any pictures, videos, information, or suggestions that you may have concerning theses amazing creatures.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

When we hear the word raptor we automatically think about the velociraptor, the star of the Jurassic Park Trilogy. Believe it or not, we still have raptors among us today, although they may not look similar they do share a lot of things in common. Modern day raptors include Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Vultures, Kites, and Owls. All raptors are known as Birds of prey, because like there ancestors, they are carnivores. Other similarities include talons that are use to kill or hold there food, Great eye sight, and a recent discovery shows evidence that the velociraptor may have been covered in primitive feathers instead of scales. And unfortunately may of our modern day raptors are sharing the same fate as there long lost ancestor. Studies show that in the pass 200 years 11 spices of birds of prey have gone extinct and 32 spices have become endangered. You may be thinking "Ok, but what purpose do they serve on the earth." Well to begin with, they keep the pest numbers down just like any other predator, but unlike any other predator a vulture can eat some type of roadkill that may have come down with a very deadly virus and it would not effect the vulture. That's because the vulture has really strong stomach acids that can kill anything that enters in. Raptors are also being use today at airports to hunt the little birds that would usually get sucked into a commercial airplane's turbine, destroying it and possibly the plane as well. And to me they are the most amazing creature on the planet. Please help aid in making the world more aware of the importance on these birds. If you would like to search anything about these birds, there is a search engine at the bottom of the page that you can use. Thank you for your time.
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Crowned Solitary Eagle
Philippine Eagle*
Javan Hawk-Eagle*
Madagascar Fish Eagle*
Madagascar Serpent Eagle
Gundlach's Hawk
Rideway's Hawk*
Indian White-Rummped Vulture*
Indian Vulture*
Slender-Billed Vulture*
Egyptian Vulture
Red-Headed Vulture*
California Condor*
Saker Falcon
Forest Owlet*
Blakiston's Fish Owl
Rufous Fishing-Owl
Perrnambuco Pygmy Owl*
New Caledonian Boobook*
Sokoke Scops Owl
Flores Scops Owl
Biak Scops Owl
Seychelles Scops Owl
Comoro Scops Owl*
Siau Scops Owl*
Anjouan Scops Owl*
Mohei Scops Owl*
Serendib Scops Owl
Long-Whiskered Owl

* = Critically Endangered
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