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Terathopius ecaudatus


The Bateleur eagle takes its name from the French word for tight-rope walker, due to the bird’s habit of rocking from side to side in flight. The adults are colourful, with a blackish-blue, chesnut, grey and white plumage, and red bill, facial skin and legs. The tail is short. Wingspan up to 175 cm.


Savanna. Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa and south-west Arabia. Spotted here in the Masai Mara.


Placed in the Near-Threatened IUCN Red List Category due to loss of habitat, pesticide poisoning, and capture for international trade. See the appearance of the bird on the shots where it fluffs itself up: this has earned it the nicknames of Conifer or Pine eagle.

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62 Comments (1–25)

maplemoth662 5 years ago

Photo No. 1: is a beautiful photo....

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Zlatan and everyone else!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 8 years ago

a real beauty, this one!

yunseong1 9 years ago

Great shot!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Amazing series Daniele!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Manuljie Hikkaduwa!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Mona, Rieko and Christine!

Wow, beautiful bird and amazing photos!

RiekoS 10 years ago

I agree with Mona. It is stunning and beautiful spotting.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Stunning eagle and very cool name.. :)

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Joshua! What's nice about the bateleur is that it's colourful for an eagle.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

This is one of the most awesomely epic birds I have ever seen. How have I not heard about this raptor? Also, great pictures Daniele.

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Reza!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Beautiful !

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks zapabio, Azura and Fyn.K!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Great spotting! Love the forth picture!!!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 11 years ago

wow Nice spotting

zapabio 11 years ago

wow!!! great spot!!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Hunter!

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 11 years ago

Wow, you have some truly incredible spottings!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks East End aka Lorelei!

East End aka Lorelei
East End aka Lorelei 11 years ago

Amazing spotting Daniele! Beautiful photos of a beautiful bird.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks you williefromwi! And Welcome to Project Noah.

williefromwi 11 years ago

Fantastic capture and valuable insight on this magnificent bird of prey

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Hans.New!

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Narok, Kenya

Spotted on Aug 29, 2011
Submitted on Sep 11, 2011

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