Brown snake eagle (Circaetus cinereus)

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Brown snake eagle resting
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • As its name suggests, the brown snake eagle almost exclusively eats snakes, though will also feed on other small animals such as lizards.
  • The brown snake eagle has quite a wide distribution across Africa.
  • The largest of all snake eagles, the brown snake eagle prefers to live in dry woodland areas.
  • The female brown snake eagle will lay just one egg, and will do most of the incubation while the male provides food.
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Brown snake eagle description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderFalconiformes
FamilyAccipitridae
GenusCircaetus (1)

Information on the brown snake eagle is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

French
Circaète brun.
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Brown snake eagle status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1) and listed on Appendix II of CITES (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (August, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  2. CITES (August, 2009)
    http://www.cites.org/
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Brown snake eagle resting

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