Ryskulov region, Zhambyl oblast
© Askar Isabekov
Breeds in south of Kazakhstan, and also in Altai, Mugodzhary and Central Kazakhstan. On migration occurs almost everywhere. Please see detailed distribution in the section Subspecies.
Rare breeding migrant, but quite common in some areas. Inhabits the low xerophytic mountains and foothills of the main Tien Shan ridges; the river valleys with scattered trees; the sandy and clay deserts with low and sparse grass. In southern mountains it nests up to 2500 m (Chatkal ridge), but the hunting bird was recorded at 3300 m. Appears in the end of March – early April in southern areas; to the northern areas it arrives in mid-end April. Breeds in separate pairs at least 2-3 km from each other. Nest is built on the rock or tree (saxaul, russian olive, asiatic poplar, juniper, hawthorn or pine), not far from the ground; nest is constructed from the dry twigs; unlined but often with some green twigs. Nest is usually used for some years, birds repair it every year. Clutches of one egg is in mid-May – June; both parents incubate for approximately 30 days. Chick hatches in mid – end June, and fledges in July – August. The latest feeding of juvenile bird observed 20 September 1949. Autumn migration begins in the end of August – early September. At Chokpak Pass Snake-Eagles migrate mainly in the second of half of September – early October. On 7 October 1967 29 Snake-Eagles were counted. Migrates singly or in groups by three birds, often with other birds of prey.
|Circaetus gallicus gallicus (Gmelin, 1788)|
Description. The lesser race of species. Male wing length 520-552 (532), female 420-570 (539) mm.
|Circaetus gallicus heptneri (Dementiev, 1932)|
Description. The larger race of species. Male wing length 542-585 (552), female 561-605 (589) mm.
Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999.
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