Name of a 70 to 80 centimeter
large bird of prey, with the scientific name Ictinaetus malayensis. It has a dark brown to black plumage, long angled wings
and a tail with pale indistinct bands.
wingtips fall close to or sometimes even behind the tail-tip
feathers on the nape give its head an angular profile. It somewhat
resembles the darker varieties of the
It occurs in Southern
Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to Southeast Asia. Its natural habitat is
mountain woodlands. Its diet consists of small mammals such as rats and bats,
small birds and swifts, but it is also known to raid other bird's nests to prey
on the eggs and young. It is able to fly at very slow pace and circling in and
out of forest clearings when looking for its prey.
In Thai, it is called
dam (นกอินทรีดำ), i.e. ‘black
eagle’, a literal translation of the English common name. Also known
as Indian Black Eagle.