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Short-Toed Snake Eagle

Circaetus gallicus


Adults are 62–67 cm (2 ft 0 in–2 ft 2 in) long with a 170–185 cm (5 ft 7 in–6 ft 1 in) wingspan and weigh 1.2–2.3 kg (2.6–5.1 lb).[2] They can be recognised in the field by their predominantly white underside, the upper parts being greyish brown. The chin, throat and upper breast are a pale, earthy brown. The tail has 3 or 4 bars. Additional indications are an owl-like rounded head, brightly yellow eyes and lightly barred under wing.


ts prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, but also some lizards. Sometimes they become entangled with larger snakes and battle on the ground. Occasionally, they prey on small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and rarely birds and large insects. This eagle is generally very silent. On occasions, it emits a variety of musical whistling notes.


Short-toed Snake eagle?

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Short-Toed Snake Eagle
Circaetus gallicus Short-toed snake eagle

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 5 years ago

Can I just say, I think there are some awesome spottings right now PN people. Including this one.

Sure does look like a Short-Toed Snake Eagle. Great photo!

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Nov 16, 2014
Submitted on Nov 19, 2014

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