Rufous-bellied Eagle

Scientific Name: Lophotriorchis kienerii

Malay Name: Helang Perut Merah

Chinese Name: 棕腹隼雕

Range: Found from India to Sri Lanka, Hainan Island and Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: kienerii, formosus.

Local Subspecies: formosus

Size: 53-61 cm

Identification: Adult has slight crest, blackish head-sides/upperparts, whitish throat/upperbreast and rufous-chestnut belly/vent. In flight shows mostly rufous-chestnut wing-coverts. Juvenile has browner upperparts, whitish head-sides with blackish eyeline and mostly whitish underparts/wing coverts.

Similar looking species: Osprey, Changeable Hawk-Eagle

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

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually glides and soars with wings held level.

Local Status: Rare migrant and rare visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2020)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bidadari and Lorong Halus.

Past records in our database:

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Rufous-bellied Eagle Lophotriorchis kienerii
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 22-Oct 28
Early date 27 Jul 2022
Late date 19 Jun 2020
While some birds have been recorded oversummering in Singapore, most records of this rare raptor are during the migratory season.


BirdLife International. (2020). Lophotriorchis kienerii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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