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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.