The black-chested snake eagle
) is a large African bird of prey
in the family Accipitridae
. It resembles other snake eagles and was formerly considered conspecific
with the short-toed
snake eagles, to which it is closely related. As well as feeding on snakes, which may be swallowed while still alive, it feeds on lizards, small mammals, frogs and insects. It typically perches in an elevated position ready to swoop silently to capture its prey, before returning to its perch to eat.
This picture shows a black-chested snake eagle swallowing a snake, photographed in Awash National Park, Ethiopia.Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp