|Short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus)|
These are mainly resident African species, but the migratory short-toed snake eagle breeds from the Mediterranean basin into Russia, the Middle East and India, and winters in sub-Saharan Africa and east to Indonesia.
Snake eagles are found in open habitats like cultivated plains arid savanna, but require trees in which to build a stick nest. The single egg is incubated mainly or entirely by the female.
Species in taxonomic order
|Image||Scientific name||Common Name||Distribution|
|Circaetus gallicus||Short-toed snake eagle||the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Asia|
|Circaetus pectoralis - sometimes included in C. gallicus||Black-chested snake eagle||southern Africa from Ethiopia and Sudan in the north to South Africa in the south and Angola in the southwest|
|Circaetus beaudouini - sometimes included in C. gallicus||Beaudouin's snake eagle||Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Gambia through southern Mali and Burkina Faso, Niger, northern Nigeria and Cameroon, southern Chad, Central African Republic and South Sudan.|
|Circaetus cinereus||Brown snake eagle||West, East and southern Africa|
|Circaetus fasciolatus||Southern banded snake eagle or fasciated snake eagle||eastern Sub-Saharan Africa.|
|Circaetus cinerascens||Western banded snake eagle||Africa in the northern tropics from Senegal and Gambia east through to Ethiopia and then south to southern Angola and Zimbabwe|
|Circaetus spectabilis||Congo serpent eagle||southern Sierra Leone and Guinea, Liberia, and southern Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana|
Circaetus rhodopensis late Miocene of Bulgaria)
Circaetus haemusensis (early Pleistocene of Bulgaria)
- Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
- Boev, Z. 2012. Circaetus rhodopensis sp. n. (Aves, Accipitriformes) from the Late Miocene of Hadzhidimovo (SW Bulgaria). - Acta zoologica bulgarica, 64 (1): 5-12.
- Boev, Z. 2015. An Early Pleistocene Snake-eagle (Circaetus haemusensis sp. n. - Aves, Accipitriformes) from Varshets (NW Bulgaria). – Acta zoologica bulgarica. 67 (1), 2015: 127-138.