Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Size: Length .61cm (24ins).Wingspan 170cm (69ins).
Status: Fairly common.
Habitat: African savannah,semi desert & open country.
Reproduction: 1egg.September-January.42-43 day incubation.
Diet: Mainly snakes,some birds and mammals.
In Africa, Bateleurs are called ‘the flying wings’ because of their very short tail & also ‘tumbler in the sky’ due to their aerial acrobatics.
They take seven years to mature & gain their striking colours. Immature birds are a dull brown.
The word ‘Bateleur’ from Bateleur Eagle means balancer. This describes the wobbling manoever to slow down the bird by the wings