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Snake-Eagles Are Superior

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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Snake-eagles are fairly unimaginable.

That identify — “snake-eagle” — might conjure up some type of fearsome sci-fi hybrid, spawned in a secret laboratory. However snake-eagles are for actual.

[Short-toed Snake-Eagle calls, http://www.xeno-canto.org/366048, 0.15-20]

And they’re superior, huge birds of prey. When a hovering snake-eagle spots a scrumptious snake, it swoops down abruptly, grabbing with its talons. Then it instantly flies upward, because the snake writhes and strikes. The primary order of enterprise is to reduce the hazard, so the eagle crushes or tears off the snake’s head. Nonetheless on the wing, it then swallows the whole snake, head first.

Snake-eagles are a bit smaller than Bald Eagles. There are six totally different species. They usually stay primarily in Africa, though one ranges so far as Europe and India.

[male Short-toed Snake-Eagle calls, http://www.xeno-canto.org/240492, 0.2-.06]

Snake-eagle legs and toes are lined in thick scales that assist shield them from bites. And bites are a severe danger: snake-eagles tackle among the swiftest and deadliest snakes on the planet, like cobras and black mambas.

[Short-toed Snake-Eagle calls, http://www.xeno-canto.org/366048, 0.15-20]

However not each meal is a battle with a lethal adversary. When not snatching snakes, snake-eagles might also hunt lizards, rodents, and even bats or fish.

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.

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Bird sounds offered by XENO CANTO 366048 recorded by Marco Dragonetti and  XC240492 recorded by Jarek Matusiak.
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© 2017 Tune In to Nature.org   December 2017/2018 / November 2022  Narrator: Michael Stein

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