Western banded snake-eagle
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Western banded snake-eagles (Circaetus cinerascens) are uncommon in Namibia with as few as an estimated 14 pairs recently observed. (4 pairs on the lower Kavango River and 10 in the eastern Caprivi). Habitats are usually riparian forest and woodland and along north eastern Namibia well-wooded ephemeral riverbeds.
Diet: Eats mostly tree living snakes such as boomslang and green snakes, but also territorial species including puff adder and large cobras. Also takes frogs, lizards, baby tortoises, fish, beetles and small rodents.
Description: Medium-sized vulture with a large head, slender wings with rounded tips, very large eyes and strong, short toes with short, sharp claws, perfect for hanging on to snakes. Circus and aetos are Greek words for 'harrier' and 'an eagle' respectively. Cinerascens is Latin for 'ashen', a reference to their dark grey-brown head, neck and upper parts.
Breeding: Male and female copulate on ground. The male provides food by dropping snakes over a branch near a nest made from bendy sticks, lined with green leaves. Females collect and eat snakes. Only 1 egg is laid and incubated for around 40 days.
Size: 60cm. Weight: 1.1kg. Wingspan: 1.25m.
10 Days - An excellent first time visitors tour. Includes: Africat, Etosha Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei.
9 Days - Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls
10 days - Aimed specifically at families, this safari visits all the major sites on the country and includes a series of activities & adventures that will appeal to both children & adults
7 Days - The granddaddy of Namibian safaris - visits Fish River, Luderitz & Sossusvlei. Combine with the Northern Adventure for the 14 day Namibian Experience Safari
7 Days - The best the north has to offer: Etosha, Africat (for leopard & cheetah), Damaraland, Himba Villages, rock art and Sossusvlei