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Black-chested Snake Eagle - BirdForum Opus

Alternative Names: Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Black-breasted Snake-Eagle, Black-chested Snake-Eagle

Photo by safariranger
Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia, July 2006
Circaetus pectoralis


63-71 cm (24¾-28 in) - Female slightly Larger.

  • Grey cere
  • Pale legs
  • Dark head
  • White coverts
  • Barred flight feathers
  • Juvenile with Rufus underparts


Photo by mkrijger
Photographed at Masai Mara, Kenya, November 2006

From East Sudan and Ethiopia south to South Africa


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly regarded as a subspecies of Short-toed Eagle.


Ranges from desert to savanna and woodlands.



They breed during the months of July through to August. The single egg is incubated by the female for around 52 days. The chick will rely on its parent for up to 6 months after fledging.


The diet includes snakes and lizards of various species; also fish, insects and small rodents


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. The Internet Bird Collection
  3. BF Member observations

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