(143) 66 cm; 1.5 kg
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.
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.
to locally common resident, nomadic in non-br season.
and desert edges to forest margins.
snakes, also lizards, water monitors, frogs, rodents and insects.
Nest platform placed on top of tree or pylon.
ALT NAME Black-breasted
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