Alternative name: Fasciated Snake Eagle
- Circaetus fasciolatus
Length 58 cm, mass about 1 kg. Sexes alike; upper-parts grey-brown and chest brown; belly barred; tail with three dark and two white tail bars.
Western Banded Snake Eagle is darker and greyer, has a single broad white tail bar, and the barring on the belly is less prominent.
Dense coastal woodland and forest, also cultivated land with scattered tall trees. Ranges inland along large rivers.
Its near-threatened status is mainly due to the destruction of its natural habitat as fewer and fewer continuous stretches of coastal forest remain.
A secretive, reptile-hunting Snake Eagle of coastal forests. It is highly vocal but tends to stick to a single hidden perch in the high canopy. It is rare to see this species circling over the forest and this makes it a difficult bird to spot.
- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533