Brown Snake-eagle
Circaetus cinereus
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The snake-eagles eat reptiles including poisonous ones. The scales on the legs are thought to give protection against snakebite. Slideshow images 1-3 show an eagle ensnared by a black spitting cobra, courtesy of Abby Olemisiko (click left lower image to see). The birds in flight were seen at Selous (left, 7-11), courtesy of Shaun Wells and Mambo viewpoint (10-11), courtesy of Valéry Schollaert. The left 3rd row photo was taken at Lake Manyara; the rest, at Tarangire.
 
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-16 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Karine Van der Vurst, Stacy Fong, Valéry Schollaert, Shaun Wells
Abby Olemisiko, Per Holmen

Last Update this page: 8-19-16