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Congo Serpent-Eagle

Dryotriorchis spectabilis (Schlegel, 1863)

The Congo Serpent Eagle (Dryotriorchis spectabilis) is a species of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, and is placed in the monotypic genus Dryotriorchis. This species is found in western and central Africa, with its range stretching from Sierra Leone south to Angola and west to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It occurs in upper and lower Guinean forests, which are dense rainforests. This serpent eagle specializes in hunting in these forests’ dark understories. It has two subspecies, the nominate subspecies Dryotriorchis spectabilis spectabilis and Dryotriorchis spectabilis batesi. Though monotypic, it appears to be very closely related to Circaetus. This hawk is a medium-sized bird with distinctive short, rounded wings and a long, rounded tail. It is varying shades of brown on its back and has a slight crest. Its breast is white with variable amounts of a rufous wash and, in the nominate subspecies, is covered in round, blackish spots. The subspecies D. s. batesi only has these dots on its flanks. The Congo Serpent Eagle closely resembles Cassin's Hawk-Eagle, and some ornithologists believe that this likeness is a rare example of avian mimicry. It is a very vocal raptor, and often is one of the most heard species in its habitat. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Accipitriformes
Family:
  Accipitridae
Genus:
  Dryotriorchis

Scientific:
  Dryotriorchis spectabilis

Citation:
  (Schlegel, 1863)

Reference:
  Nederl.Tijdschr.Dierk. 1 p.131 pl.6

Protonym:
  Astur spectabilis

Avibase ID:
  3DA062BF0F062DDE

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/3DA062BF

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 175510

Geographic range:

  • Dryotriorchis spectabilis spectabilis: Sierra Leone to Nigeria and nw Cameroon
  • Dryotriorchis spectabilis batesi: S Cameroon to Uganda, Gabon and n Angola
English:
Congo Serpent-Eagle
Czech:
orlík jestřábovitý
German:
Kongoschlangenadler
Danish:
Slangehøg
Spanish:
Culebrera Congoleña
Finnish:
kongonkäärmehaukka
French:
Serpentaire du Congo
Italian:
Serpentario del Congo
Japanese:
hebiwashi
Japanese:
ヘビワシ
Dutch:
Congolese Slangenarend
Norwegian:
Kongoslangehauk
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Kongoslangehauk
Polish:
wezojad kongijski
Portuguese:
Águia-cobreira-congolesa
Russian:
Конголезский змееяд
Slovak:
hadiar dlhochvostý
Swedish:
kongoormörn
Ukrainian:
Змієїд конголезький
Chinese:
刚果蛇雕


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Serpentaire du Congo ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Serpentaire du Congo ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
African Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Congo Serpent-eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
Congo Serpent Eagle ( Circaetus spectabilis) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
Dryotriorchis spectabilis [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Dryotriorchis spectabilis [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Dryotriorchis spectabilis [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Congo Serpent-Eagle ( Dryotriorchis spectabilis) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Dryotriorchis spectabilis [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Dryotriorchis spectabilis [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Catalan: Àguila serpera del Congo
Czech: Orlík jestrábovitý, orlík jestřábovitý
Danish: Slangehøg
German: Kongoschlangenadler, Schlangenbussard
English: African Serpent Eagle, African Serpent-Eagle, Congo Serpent Eagle, Congo Serpent-Eagle, Congo Snake Eagle, Gold Coast Serpent-Eagle, Serpent Eagle
English (IOC): Congo Serpent Eagle
Spanish: Águila Culebrera del Congo, Culebrera Congoleńa, Culebrera Congoleña
Spanish (Spain): Culebrera Congoleña
Spanish (HBW): Congo Serpent-Eagle
Estonian: aafrika maduhaugas
Finnish: Kongonkäärmehaukka
French: Aigle serpentaire, Aigle Serpentaire du Congo, Serpentaire d'Afrique, Serpentaire du Congo
Hebrew: עיט נחשים אפריקאי
Hungarian: kongói gyíkászhéja
Italian: Aquila serpentaria del Congo, Serpentario del Congo
Japanese: hebiwashi
Japanese: ヘビワシ
Scientific: Astur spectabilis, Circaetus spectabilis, Dryotriorchis spectabilis, Dryotriorchis spectabilis spectabilis
Lithuanian: Konginis gyvatėdis
Dutch: Congolese Slangenarend, Zaïrese Slangenarend
Norwegian Nynorsk: Kongoslangehauk
Norwegian: Kongoslangehauk
Polish: gadożer kongijski, wezojad kongijski, wężojad kongijski
Portuguese: Águia-cobreira-congolesa
Russian: Конголезский змееяд
Slovak: hadiar dlhochvostý
Serbian: Kongoanski zmijar
Swedish: Kongolesisk ormörn, kongoormörn
Ukrainian: Змієїд конголезький
Chinese: 刚果蛇雕
Chinese (Traditional): 剛果蛇鵰

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