French: Circaète cendré German: Bandschlangenadler Spanish: Culebrera coliblanca
Other common names:
Smaller Banded Snake Eagle
Circaëtos [sic] cinerascens
J. W. von Müller
Senegambia E to W Ethiopia, then S to R Zambezi, occurring S to Angola, NE Namibia and Botswana in W, and to Zimbabwe and Mozambique in E.
60 cm; 1126 g; wingspan 114 cm. Stocky appearance with slightly barred underparts, extensive orange-yellow base to bill and single pale bar across short tail distinguish from... read more
Calls regularly, both perched and in flight, especially in early morning; mainly gives a loud,... read more
Riverine forest, gallery forest and woodland associated with riparian systems; does not enter... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small snakes up to 75 cm but also small monitor lizards, small tortoises, rodents, amphibia and some fish and insects. Perches on... read more
Laying Dec–Apr in Zambia and Feb–Apr in Malawi; Dec–Mar in Zimbabwe; suspected Jan–Feb in NE Africa, nest-building... read more
Usually sedentary within linear riverine forest habitats, but may move seasonally into adjacent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Locally common but with patchy linear distribution. Vulnerable to degradation of riverine habitat, e.g. in NE Namibia,... read more
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