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Western Banded Snake Eagle - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Andrew S
Ethiopia, November 2004

Alternative name: Smaller Banded Snake Eagle

Circaetus cinerascens

Identification

Adult

  • Grey-brown
  • Dark-grey head and breast

Juveniles

  • Pale below, with a dark-streaked neck and breast

Subadults may be all dark grey-brown without any streak on underparts.

Distribution

Immature
Photo © by volker sthamer
Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda, Africa – 23 July 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa:
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Immature
Photo by Jabberwocky
Georgetown, Gambia, February 2006

Taxonomy

Monotypic[1]

Habitat

Savanna and thornscrub

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes reptiles and amphibians.

Breeding

It builds a well hidden small stick-nest. The single egg is incubated mainly by the female for 35 to 55 days. The young fledge after 10 to 15 weeks.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Sinclair & Ryan - Birds of Southern Africa South of the Sahara

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