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  Black-chested Snake-Eagle

    (Black-breasted Snake Eagle)

 

Circaetus pectoralis

(143) 66 cm; 1.5 kg

SEXES  Alike. Smaller than Martial Eagle with unspotted white underparts, scaled (not feathered) lower legs, round head and conspicuous large yellow eyes. In flight easily differ­entiated by white (not brown) underwings with narrow black bars across secondaries.

JUV  Upperparts variable from pale to darkish brown, sometimes flecked with white. Underparts more rufous brown than juv Brown Snake-Eagle, becoming whiter with age. In flight, underwing coverts brown, flight feathers pale with 3 distinct narrow bars. Eyes yellow.

STATUS  Uncom­mon to locally common resident, nomadic in non-br season.

HABITAT  Semi-desert and desert edges to forest margins.

FOOD  Mainly snakes, also lizards, water monitors, frogs, rodents and insects.

CALL  Ringing kwo-kwo-kwo... kweeu-kweeu...

BR  Monogamous. Nest platform placed on top of tree or pylon.

ALT NAME  Black-breasted Snake Eagle.

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Ebs001

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ebs002

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ebs003

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ebs004

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

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