Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52460

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Terathopius
Genus species:Terathopius ecaudatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:53-68 cm
Weight:1.8-2.7 kg
Identification:The head, neck, breast, lower back of wings, and belly of the Bateleur eagle are black. The upper back of the wings is brown with white edges. Its back and tail are chestnut, with white underwings. Their eyes are surrounded by bright red facial skin.
Habitat:Grasslands, acacia savannas
Diet:Carnivore: birds, snakes, lizards, small mammals, carrion
Reproduction:Bateleur eagles form life-long mating pairs. They may have an adult helper at the nest during the breeding season. A single egg is laid during the dry season. Both parents help incubate the egg for 52-55 days before it hatches. The chick fledges at 110-115 days of age. Bateleur eagles live for 20-25 years.
A third adult is often present throughout the whole breeding cycle.
Behavior:These birds can often be seen sunning themselves with their wings spread.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The word bateleur means balancer. This name comes from the fact that bateleur eagles steer in flight by changing the pitch of their wings up or down. They also may be seen turning somersaults in the air.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1975-08 Subjects:hawk-like bird
raptor
Bateleur eagle
Eagles
Accipitridae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52460