French: Circaète barré German: Graubrust-Schlangenadler Spanish: Culebrera barrada
Other common names:
East African Snake-eagle
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
S Somalia S, mostly within c. 20 km of coast, to S Mozambique and NE South Africa, extending inland along main rivers (e.g. R Tana, in Kenya; R Save, in Mozambique–SE Zimbabwe), and inland in Tanzania to Usambara Mts.
54–60 cm; male 908–960 g (n = 2), female 1110 g (n = 1); wingspan 119–128 cm. Fairly small snake-eagle with unmarked greyish-brown breast... read more
Adults comparatively noisy. Commonest call, given when perched and when in soaring flight, a fast,... read more
Dense coastal and riverine forest, ranging into savanna adjoining marshes and floodplains. Usually... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small snakes and lizards, also some rodents, amphibians, arthropods and birds. Secretive and solitary, usually perching within the... read more
Laying Jul–Oct in E Africa, Aug–Oct in Zimbabwe, Aug–Dec in Mozambique. Small stick nest built in upper fork of... read more
Sedentary and resident throughout limited range, except for some movement N into Kenya during May... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Small population thought to be declining as a consequence of habitat loss and degradation. Uncommon,... read more
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