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The increasingly rare short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), also known as the short-toed eagle, is named because its feet help the bird to grab and kill snakes easily. While hunting, the bird dives to the ground and grabs the snake with its talons. Its prey is mostly reptiles, mainly snakes, lizards, small mammals, though occasionally it will take birds and large insects. Short-toed eagles resemble owls as they have rounded heads, bright yellow eyes, and pale bands under the pale to white wing. They migrate from Africa to warmer parts of Europe in the spring, are resident in the Middle East, and can live up to 30 years.
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