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Black-chested snake eagle

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Black-chested snake-eagles (Circaetus pectoralis) habitat range extends from semi-desert to open grassland to closed deciduous woodland. Groups of up to 60 can be observed roosting on the top of poles or a tree top.

Distribution: Widespread in Namibia including Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Namib Desert, Kalahari Desert, Orange River and most other regions of the country.

Diet: Usually strikes prey from behind head, crushing victim with their strong feet. Eats mainly snakes including cobras, puff adders, boomslang. Also eats lizards, chameleons, frogs, rodents, occasionally fish, termites, beetles and other insects. Snakes are swallowed whole whilst other prey is stored before being eaten.

Description: Pectoralis is Greek for 'of the breast' referring to the blackish brown upper breast and throat and white lower breast.

Breeding: Both male and female build a saucer-shaped nest of small sticks and placed on top of a tree. Only 1 egg is laid between March and October and incubated for 52 days.

Size: 65cm. Weight: 1.5kg. Wingspan: 1.8m.

Bahnhof Hotel

A lovely country hotel in the small village of Aus

Eagles Nest Lodge

Self-catering, rock bungalows on the Klein Aus Vista property. As Eagles Nest has no restaurant facilities guests are welcome to use the restaurant at Desert Horse Inn. This is a beautiful place to spend a few nights enjoying the beauty of southern Namibia

Desert Horse Inn

Named after the desert horses which are one of the main reasons for visiting the area, this is the more main stream lodge on the Klein Aus Vista property

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