(Last Updated on : 04/09/2015)
Jerdon's baza is an Indian Bird
with a scientific name "Aviceda jerdoni
" is a moderate sized brown hawk with a thin white-tipped black crest usually held erect. It is found in South-east Asia.
Concentration of Jerdon's Baza
Jerdon's baza is the resident in the terai of North India and foothills of the Eastern Himalayas
from Eastern Nepal and West Bengal
to the Assam
valley, Western Ghats Mountain Range in India
, Southern India, southern Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Sumatra, Singapore and Philippines.
Naming of Jerdon's Baza
The common name and Latin binomial name of Jerdon's baza is commemorating the surgeon-naturalist Thomas C. Jerdon.
Structure of Jerdon's Baza
Jerdon's baza is about 46 cm long. It is confusable with crested goshawk or the crested hawk-eagle in flight, but can be distinguished by the longer upright crest, very broad and rounded paddle-shaped wings and mostly plain and pale underparts. It has a white chin and a bold black mesial stripe. Jerdon's baza is typically seen in pairs making aerial sallies; crest held erect. Occasionally, the birds may be seen in small family parties of 3 to 5 seen in flight near edge of forests. Jerdon's baza indulge in 'soaring and undulating' display flights near the nest.
Breeding Season of Jerdon's Baza
The breeding season varies locally but the bird is known to breed almost the entire year with the exception of a few months around April and May.
Feedings of Jerdon's Baza
The food of Jerdon's baza includes lizards, grasshoppers and other large insects. The stomach contents of a specimen collected in present day Kurseong included agamid lizard, Japalura variegata, several longicorn beetles and mantises.