Tawny eagle

Tawny eagle

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Family
Subfamily
Genus
SPECIES
Aquila rapax
WEIGHT
1950-2500 g
LENGTH
65-72 cm
WINGSPAN
1.72-1.85 m

The tawny eagle is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. Its heavily feathered legs illustrate it to be a member of the subfamily Aquilinae, also known as “booted eagles”. Tawny eagles have an extensive but discontinuous breeding range that constitutes much of the African continent as well as the Indian subcontinent, with rare residency occurring in the southern Middle East. Throughout its range, it favours open dry habitats such as semideserts, deserts steppes, or savanna plains. Despite its preference for areas of aridity, the species seldom occurs in areas where trees are entirely absent. It is a resident breeder which lays one to three eggs in a stick nest mostly commonly in the crown of a tree. The tawny eagle is perhaps the most highly opportunistic of all of its taxonomic clan, and often scavenges on carrion or engages in kleptoparasitism towards other carnivorous animals but is also a bold and active predator, often of relatively large and diverse prey. It is estimated that tawny eagles can reach the age of 16 years old. Nonetheless, precipitous declines have been detected throughout the tawny eagle's range. Numerous factors, particularly loss of nesting habitat due to logging and global warming, as well as persecution and other anthropogenic mortality are driving the once numerous tawny eagle perhaps to the brink of extinction.

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Di

Diurnal

Ca

Carnivore

Sc

Scavenger

Ar

Arboreal

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

Co

Congregatory

Mo

Monogamy

No

Not a migrant

T

starts with

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
INDEPENDENT AGE
120 days

References

1. Tawny eagle Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawny_eagle
2. Tawny eagle on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22696033/131671001

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