Bateleur Eagle


Bateleur Eagle

Scientific Name

Terathopius ecaudatuss


Bateleur eagles are an unmistakable African eagle and the adults have distinctive black, red and white colours with a very short tail. Juvenile birds look very different to mature adults, they have a chestnut brown colour across their body with a longer tail than the adults for the first 4 -5 years of their life.

The Bateleur eagle is primarily seen in rapid direct flight for hunting purposes. However, birds may cover 200 miles in up to an eight-hour long daily search for food.

Bateleur eagles pair for life and stay in the same nest for several years. Their aerial displays between nesting pairs are spectacular, often including 360-degree lateral barrel rolls!


They eat a wide variety of live and dead prey including mammals, birds and some reptiles.

Size Fact

Females are typically bigger than males.

Food Fact

 They have been known to eat prey as big as a dik-dik (a small antelope) 

Fun Fact

Bateleur means ‘tight-rope walker’ in French and they are known as the acrobats of the skies!

IUCN Red list

Bateleur eagles are Near Threatened on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

Bateleur eagles can be found in sub-Saharan Africa and southwest Arabia.

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