from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A book-name of hawks of the genus Spilornis.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The crested serpent-eagle flies with the wings held very far back, so that it looks, as "Exile" says, like a large butterfly.
One species -- the crested serpent-eagle (_Spilornis cheela_) -- is common in the Himalayas up to 8000 feet.
The exceptions are mainly insectivora, and such larger animals as the mythology of the Igorot says were once men -- as the monkey, serpent-eagle, crow, snake, etc.
Family Common Name Species Accipitridae Nicobar serpent-eagle Spilornis minimus* Accipitridae Nicobar sparrowhawk Accipiter butleri* Megapodiidae Nicobar scrubfowl Megapodius nicobariensis** Columbidae Andaman wood-pigeon Columba palumboides Columbidae Andaman cuckoo-dove Macropygia rufipennis Psittacidae Nicobar parakeet Psittacula caniceps* Strigidae Andaman hawk-owl Ninox affinis Sturnidae White-headed starling Sturnus erythropygius Pycnonotidae Nicobar bulbul Hypsipetes nicobariensis** An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.
Accipitridae Andaman serpent-eagle Spilornis elgini*
Accipitridae Mountain serpent-eagle Spilornis kinabaluensis