The Black-Chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis) is a large African bird of prey – a raptor and accipiter. It is also called the Black-Breasted Snake Eagle.
The Black-Chested Snake Eagle has a dark brown-black head and chest. Its underparts and underwings are white, with dark barring on the flight feathers and tail. Its upperparts of dark brown. Its eyes are bright yellow. It has a light grey beak, and grey legs with sharp talons (claws).
It is found in southern Africa and east Africa in a range of habitats, from semi-deserts to desert areas.
It feeds mostly on snakes, but also lizards, small mammals, and frogs.
Females lay only one egg, which she incubates for 50 days, before it hatches. The chick leaves the nest after 3 months.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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