Black-chested Snake-eagle

Circaetus pectoralis

The black-chested snake-eagle is a medium-sized eagle with typical snake-eagle features, including a big head, large yellow eyes and bare, pale grey legs. It occurs from Ethiopia and southern DRC to South Africa, where it can be found in mesic and semi-arid savanna to desert.

We first recorded this species in April 2012, flying over our heads, as we waited to be picked up at the Coastal Cashew Factory in Kosi Bay on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal.

Eventually, after much patience and persistance, I was able to get a decent photograph of this majestic eagle in December 2012 while driving from Magoeboskloof to Soutpansberg. A great spot to find them, approximately 1.5 hours from Johannesburg, is the town of Kgomo Kgomo and its surrounds.


Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 04 January 2014 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 04 January 2014 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Nyl Retreat, Nylsvley, South Africa / 23 February 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Aus to Sossusvlei, Southern Namibia / 05 July 2012 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 07 December 2013 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Black-chested Snake-eagle / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 19 June 2010
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