Blyth’s Hawk-Eagle

Scientific Name: Nisaetus alboniger
Malay Name: Helang-Hindik Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来鹰雕

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo


Size: 51-58 cm

Adult has blackish-brown upperparts, whitish underparts with prominent black mesial streak, bold blackish breast-streaks and bold blackish bars on belly, thighs and vent, blackish tail with pale greyish broad central band and prominent long erectile crest. In flight shows whitish underwing with heavy blackish bars on coverts. Juvenile has prominent crest like adult but browner upperparts and pale buff underparts.

Similar looking species: Crested Honey Buzzard

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth and suitable wooded area.


Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: 5 confirmed sighings in Singapore. The last two sightings were an adult at Yishun Industrial Park A on 14 Nov 2009 and 2 birds at Kent Ridge Park on 30 Jan 2010.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International 2016. Nisaetus alboniger. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 28 August 2021
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia

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