A photo of a Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)
Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax

The tawny eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. Its heavily feathered legs mark it as 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 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 arid areas, 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 most commonly in the crown of a tree. The tawny eagle is perhaps the most highly opportunistic of all Aquilinae, 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 (largely via poisoning) and other anthropogenic mortality (largely through contact with various manmade objects) are driving the once numerous tawny eagle perhaps to the brink of extinction.
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Ashwell Barrett Glasson
Wednesday 20 Sep 2023 - 1:55pm
South Africa
A photo of a Tawny Eagle photographed in Etosha NP--Okaukuejo Camp Namibia
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Hilary Mak
Wednesday 20 Sep 2023 - 7:03am
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Jenna Ritchie
Tuesday 19 Sep 2023 - 3:26pm
South Africa
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Hannes Wessels
Monday 18 Sep 2023 - 7:48am
South Africa
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