Geographical Range Central and southern Africa
Habitat Savannas, thornbush, open country
Scientific Name Terathopius ecaudatus
Conservation Status Near threatened

This powerful bird of prey is capable of astounding aerial acrobatics, including full somersaults in flight. It lives in a variety of habitats from open forests to semi-deserts, and eats just about any small animal it encounters, dead or alive. Despite its adaptability, the bateleur is threatened by hunting and poisoning, and is disappearing from much of its original range.

Did You Know?

The bateleur eagle can fly up to 300 miles a day at speeds of 30 to 50 miles per hour.