As their name suggests, Malayan crested serpent eagles are found on the Malayan peninsula and feed on a variety of snakes. However, these eagles aren’t picky and will also snack on lizards, frogs, toads, eels, crabs, large insects and small birds when available. There are many subspecies of crested serpent eagles, but this one, S. c. malayensis, can be recognized by their dark brown cheeks and throat as well as their white barring and spots on their underparts. Both parents have a hand in constructing their nests, making them extra cozy by lining the insides with leaves. Just one egg is laid and incubated by the female for 35 days. After 60 days, the little eagle is ready to fly on its own.
This crested serpent eagle was photographed at @penangbirdpark , an institution that has done critical work breeding and caring for many endangered species in Malaysia for over 30 years.
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