Very sensitive to disturbance, this raptor nests in trees on quiet forest edges. It is quite large, with a wingspan of 160 to 180 cm. Particularly discreet during the nesting period, it arrives in our region at the beginning of March and migrates to Africa in late August/early September to spend the winter in the savanna. It feeds almost exclusively on reptiles hunted in open habitats (rocky stretches, pastures, shrub- and grassland, crops or fallow land).

Conservation objectives

The Short-toed Snake-eagle has declined in the past, but since the end of the 20th century the populationseems to  have stabilized

Reproduction periode

April to July


> Declining food supply due to gradual loss of open habitats

> Disturbance of nesting sites (forests)

> Changes in farming practices (deficient food chain)