French: Bateleur des savanes German: Gaukler Spanish: Águila volatinera
Knysna district, Western Cape, South Africa
S Mauritania and Senegambia E to Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, then S (outside main forested regions) to Namibia and South Africa; also SW Arabia, where presumably bred at least formerly.
55–70 cm; 1820–2950 g; wingspan 168–190 cm. Very short tail and long primaries distinctive, especially in low rocking flight with upturned wingtips. In male... read more
Generally silent, except during courtship and when anxious or in aggression. Commonest calls, given... read more
Open woodland and tree savanna, extending into bush savanna but less into scrubby steppe and... read more
Food and feeding
Various small animals, taken live or as carrion, at which it is often one of the first scavengers to arrive, and regularly patrols roads in... read more
Laying Sept–Dec in W Africa; breeds in all months in E Africa (peak Feb–Mar, but Jul–Dec in Somalia, Aug–Dec in... read more
Adult pairs territorial and resident in most areas. Juveniles excluded by adults, becoming highly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Has extensive range, within which thought to have suffered moderately rapid declines since 1970s; possibly... read more
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