Circaetus / Snake Eagle

Circaetus, the snake eagle, are medium-sized eagles found mostly resident in Africa; except for the migratory Short-toed Eagle breeds from the Mediterranean basin into Russia, the Middle East, and India, and winters in sub-Saharan Africa, and east to Indonesia.

Black-chested Snake-eagle

They favor open habitats, such as cultivated plains and arid savannah, with trees to build their stick nest in.

The single egg is incubated mainly or entirely by the female.


The head is rounded and the wings broad.

Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)

Diet / Feeding

They feed on reptiles, mainly snakes, but also take lizards and occasionally small mammals.

Species in taxonomic order

Brown Snake-eagle (Circaetus cinereus)

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