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Short-toed Snake Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle

The Short-toed Snake Eagle is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers. This raptor is found in open cultivated plains, arid stony deciduous scrub areas and foothills and semi-desert areas. It requires trees for nesting.

Adults are 63–68 cm long with a 185–195 cm wingspan and weigh 1.7-1.9 kg. They can be recognized 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.

The Short-toed Snake Eagle is an accomplished flyer and spends more time on the wing than do most members of its genus. It favors soaring over hill slopes and hilltops on updraughts, and it does much of its hunting from this position at heights of up to 500 meters. Its prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, but also some lizards. Sometimes they entangle with larger snakes and battle on the ground. Occasionally small mammals to the size of a rabbit; rarely birds and large insects.

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