The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black-chested Snake Eagle

Afrikaans name: Swartborsslangarend

Black-chested Snake Eagle

Black-chested Snake Eagle

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Circaetus pectoralis

The Black-chested Snake Eagle has a wide distribution from South Africa to Ethiopia.á

Its preferred habitat is open grassland with some tall trees. It can often be seen percehed on the top of a tree or patrolling over the grasslands looking for prey.

As with other Snake Eagles it has a large eye and presumably has excellent vision.

The main food of this eagle is snakes but it does eat other reptiles as well. It also eats frogs and small mammals. After catching a snake it flies off and eats it in the air.

Black-chested Snake Eagle

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References and further reading

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Published: 1984 - Page: 57

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 54

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 80

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 153

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 9

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 57

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 36

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 102

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 99

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 77

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 90

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 58

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 123

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 128

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 105

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 160

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 17

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 160

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 74

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 54

Eagle Days - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1973 - Page: 119

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Published: 1989 - Page: 339

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 17

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 42

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 52

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 78

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 120

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 66

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 55

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 74

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 127

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 127

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 28

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 96

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