Jerdon’s baza is a moderate sized brown hawk with a thin white-tipped black crest usually held erect. It is found in Southeast Asia. It inhabits foothills in the terai and is rarer in evergreen forests and tea estates.
It is about 46 cm long. It 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 mesialstripe.
The bird 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. The birds indulge in ‘soaring and undulating’ display flights near the nest. 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. Food includes lizards, grasshoppers and other large insects.