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This is a Short-toed Snake-Eagle (Circaetus gallicus). Note the large size, long, and very broad wings, shortish tail, and big head. The pale belly and underwings contrast with the dark head of adults (juveniles have pale heads). On perched birds, note the owl-like face and unfeathered legs. This bird-of-prey hunts over open areas, spending lots of time hovering with rowing wingbeats into the wind.

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