Alternative name: Smaller Banded Snake Eagle
- Circaetus cinerascens
- Dark-grey head and breast
- Pale below, with a dark-streaked neck and breast
Subadults may be all dark grey-brown without any streak on underparts.
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
Savanna and thornscrub
The diet includes reptiles and amphibians.
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.
- 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.
- Sinclair & Ryan - Birds of Southern Africa South of the Sahara
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Western Banded Snake Eagle. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Western_Banded_Snake_Eagle