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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Lugano. Ciani Park. Lake Lugano. Four wooden stakes and a rope define a protected area of grass. A father and his son ride a bicycle. A poster from the Museo Cantonal di Storia Naturale with a short-toed snake eagle. The short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), also known as short-toed eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers. The genus name Circaetus is from the Ancient Greek kirkos, a type of hawk, and aetos, "eagle". The specific gallicus means "of Gaul". Parco Ciani is a green area on the lake near the town center. Built in 1845, when the Ciani brothers purchased the property, it became in 1912 the property of Lugano municipality. It covers an area of about 63,000 (sq m).10.05.2020 © 2020 Didier Ruef