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Snake-eater (Circaetus ferox, Circaetus gallicus) Short-toed snake eagle (eng.)


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Bird description

Snake-eaters are often called an eagle, but these birds are not very similar in appearance. The snake-eater is a large predator with a body length of about 70 cm, a wingspan of 170 to 190 cm, the mass of adults reaches 2 kg. Females, as a rule, are slightly larger in size than males, but do not differ from the latter in color of plumage. The snake-eater’s back is gray-brown. The throat is brown. The belly is white in color with numerous dark streaks. Dark streaks are visible on the wings and tail. Young individuals are darker in color than adult birds.

Nutcracker Nutrition Features

Snake-eater nutrition is highly specialized. The diet of the bird is limited to vipers, snakes, coppers and snakes, as well as other species of snakes, in fact, due to which the species got its name. Occasionally, a snake-eater can eat lizards.

In winter, snakes are in a state of suspended animation, they do not move. Therefore, the snake-eater begins to hunt in late spring, when the earth warms up, and the snakes begin to crawl out. Most often, the predator leads hunting from noon until nightfall, that is, during the period when the snakes are most active.

The snake-eater is known as the “king of flights”: in search of prey, the bird spends a lot of time in the air. Since the view is distinguished by excellent vision, birds notice their prey at high altitude. Having noticed a snake, the snake-eater hangs in the air and then sharply falls down. During such an attack, the speed of the bird reaches 100 km / h. Approaching the snake, the krachun grabs her behind her head and finishes it off with her beak. Very often, the bird and its prey enter into a fierce battle. Having swallowed a snake, the draper flies away. On the surface of the earth, a bird rarely pursues a snake.

The most common snake-eating prey is by far, but sometimes a predator also attacks poisonous snakes, for example, an adder, a gyurza or a muzzle. Therefore, the bird always moves very clearly and quickly to avoid a fatal bite. Snake-eaters also protect the horny shields on their legs and the speed of reaction. If a snake does happen to bite a bird, this does not always end with its death. But in such cases, the snake-eater begins to hurt, and recovers very slowly.

Bird spread

The habitat of the snake-eaters includes the southeast and east of Europe, North Africa, as well as the warm regions of Asia. Some species are common in India, Indonesia, and southern China.

Today, there is a widespread decline in the population of snake-eaters. This is due to a decrease in the populations of snakes that birds feed on, their destruction by humans, as well as a reduction in suitable habitats.

Krachuns usually live in the north in woodlands, in the south in a dry forest-steppe, occasionally nest on the slopes of rocks. Birds settle in oak, linden, alder or pine massifs. Nests are built high from the ground, and at a great distance from tree trunks to ensure free approach.

Common Snake Eater (Circaetus gallicus)

The body length of the bird is from 67 to 72 cm, the wingspan is 160-190 cm. Females are larger in size than males, but they are colored the same. The back is grayish-brown, the neck and abdomen are light. The head is round, the iris is bright yellow. The tail is decorated with 3-4 dark transverse stripes. Young birds do not differ from adults.

The species is widespread in the south and in the center of Europe, in north-west Africa, in the Caucasus, in Asia, Siberia, Mongolia, in the south up to Pakistan and India. Northern populations are migratory. The common snake-eater lives in mixed forests and forest-steppes.

Black-breasted Serpent Eater (Circaetus pectoralis)

Body length from 63 to 68 cm, wingspan up to 178 cm, weight from 1.2 to 2.3 kg. The head and chest are painted dark brown almost black, the belly and the inner side of the wings are light. The iris is bright yellow.

It lives in Africa from Ethiopia and Sudan south to Angola, in semi-arid and desert regions with lonely growing trees.

Baudouin's Serpent Eater (Circaetus beaudouini)

The wingspan is about 170 cm. The back, head and chest are gray-brown in color, the belly is light in a shallow brown strip. The iris is bright yellow. Paws are long, light gray.

The habitat of the species is North Africa (Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, southern Mali, northern Nigeria and Cameroon, southern Chad and Sudan). The bird lives in the savannah, on open woodlands and cultural landscapes.

Brown Serpent Eater (Circaetus cinereus)

The largest snake-eater. Body length from 68 to 75 cm, wingspan up to 164 cm, weight from 1.5 to 2.5 kg. The top of the bird is dark brown, the wings on the inside are gray, the tail is brown in color with narrow transverse light stripes. The legs are long, pale gray, the rainbow is yellow, the beak is black. Young birds are a little lighter.

The brown snake-eater is a resident of the arid regions of Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa), where the bird lives in woodlands.

Southern Striped Snake Eater (Circaetus fasciolatus)

Body length from 55 to 60 cm. The back and chest are dark brown, the head is gray-brown, white stripes are located on the tummy, the tail is long with three white stripes.

The species lives in eastern Africa (Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa). For life, the bird chooses subtropical and tropical moist dense forests.

Western striped snake-eater (Circaetus cinerascens)

The body length is from 50 to 58 cm, the wingspan is 120-134 cm, weight up to 1.1 kg. The plumage is grayish-brown in color with white stripes on the belly and hips. The tail is black in color with one transverse white stripe and a light tip. The beak at the base is orange-yellow, the iris and paws are yellow.

The habitat includes African countries such as Senegal, Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Angola and Zimbabwe. The bird lives in forests, on the fringes, in the savannahs, often not far from rivers, at altitudes up to 2000 m above sea level.

Crested Serpent Eater (Spilornis cheela)

A stocky bird with rounded wings and a short tail. Body length from 41 to 76 cm, weight from 420 to 1800 g, wingspan up to 155 cm. In plumage, depending on the region of habitat, black, brown, ocher, gray colors are found, a black-and-white crest is developed on the head, which puffs when excited . Midsection in black and white streaks. Striped wings and tail. The iris, wax and yellow legs, the beak is dark.

It lives in southeast Asia from the Himalayas in Nepal and northern India to Sri Lanka and southeast China, Vietnam. Sedentary look. Lives in tropical forests, savannahs, near rivers and human habitation.

Andaman Crested Serpent Eater (Spilornis elgini)

Body length from 51 to 59 cm, wingspan 115-135 cm. Plumage of dark brown color, breast, abdomen and upper part of wings in small white speck, face and legs bright yellow. There is a comb on the head.

The species is found on the Andaman Islands of the Indian Ocean, located east of the Hindustan Peninsula. For life, he chooses subtropical and tropical mangrove and humid forests at altitudes of up to 700 m above sea level.

Philippine Crested Serpent Eater (Spilornis holospilus)

The body length is from 47 to 53 cm, the wingspan is 105-120 cm. The plumage is dark brown, with gray cheeks and neck, the head is decorated with a black scallop. Numerous small white spots are located on the chest and abdomen. The iris, wax and yellow legs, the beak is dark.

The species lives on all the Philippine Islands, with the exception of the island of Palawan. Lives in coastal and mountain forests, at the edges, open meadows and plantations, at altitudes from 1,500 to 2,500 m above sea level.

Madagascar Serpent Eater (Eutriorchis astur)

The largest bird of prey in Madagascar with a body length of 57 to 66 cm, weighing from 0.9 to 1 kg, with a long tail and short wings. The head is decorated with a crest. The plumage is brownish-gray with dense transverse stripes and a striped belly. The back and wings are dark brown with red streaks on top, the inside of the wings and the midsection are white with brown stripes. The eyes are yellow. The beak is sharp, bent.

The species is found in tropical humid broad-leaved forests in the east of the island of Madagascar, at heights of up to 550 m above sea level.

Congolese Snake Eater (Dryotriorchis spectabilis)

A medium-sized slender bird with rounded wings and a tail. Body length from 54 to 60 cm, wingspan up to 106 cm. Plumage is dark brown, on the head there is a black-brown tuft, breast, belly and hips are white with dark spots, the tail is white, the tail is light brown in color with black transverse stripes . The legs are yellow. Females are larger than males.

The habitat of the species includes such countries as Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Gabon. An isolated population lives in North Angola. Birds live in dense tropical forests at heights of up to 900 m above sea level. Sedentary look.

Reproduction of the Serpent Eater

Migratory populations return to their breeding sites in May. Snake-eaters are monogamous birds. They build a new nest or use the old one.

The nest of a krachun is small, flat up to 95 cm in diameter, and up to 40 cm in height. An adult bird is placed in it with difficulty. A snake-eater builds a nest from thin branches, inside it is lined with green twigs, pine branches, grass, leaves, snippets of snake skins. The greenery in the nest serves as an additional disguise and covers it from the sun.

The snake-eater is a very secretive and fearful bird. At the sight of a person, she immediately flies away from the nest. Even the chicks, when strangers approach, hide and do not try to protect themselves.

Matrimonial games consist in the fact that the female and the male pursue each other, fly up, describe circles in the air and sharply fall to the ground.

Egg laying occurs at the end of May. As a rule, the female lays two eggs of white color. But the chick is born only one. The hatching period is from 40 to 45 days. The female incubates eggs, while the male feeds her.

The chick is born, covered with white fluff. Parents feed him with snakes, which the chick pulls from their throats. Then the chick swallows the snake, starting from the head. If the baby is mistaken and begins to eat the snake from the tail, his parents force him to spit it out and start over. In addition, parents often bring the nestling still alive snake so that he can learn to deal with his future prey. In total, the male and female feed the chick up to 250 snakes.

At two months, the young snake-eaters can already fly, and at the age of 80 days they leave the nest.

The snake-eater's life span reaches 10 years.

Interesting facts about the bird

  • Snake-eaters are a rare, endangered species of birds, they are listed in the Red Book of Russia and Belarus.
  • Snake-eaters eat only snakes, this phenomenon of highly specialized nutrition is called stenophagy and is very rare among birds. Over the life of a snake-eater, it eats up to 1000 individuals of snakes.