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)
Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022, May 2022, Jul 2022, Aug 2022, Sep 2022, Oct 2022, Nov 2022
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Rufous-bellied Eagle)
BirdLife International. (2020). Lophotriorchis kienerii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T22696111A176625288.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Rufous-bellied Eagle. Retrieved on May 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/rufous-bellied-eagle.