The Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) is a medium-sized eagle in the family
Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as
buzzards, kites and harriers.
This South African Eagle of the open savanna which is named for its unique style of flight.
"Bateleur" is French for "tight-rope walker". This name describes the bird’s characteristic habit of tipping the ends of its wings when flying, as if catching its balance.
The Bateleur Eagle is a colourful species with a very short tail (ecaudatus is Latin for tailless) which makes it unmistakable in flight. The adult male is 60 to 75 cm (24 to 30 in) long with a 175 cm (5.75 ft) wingspan. He has black plumage except for the chestnut mantle and tail, grey shoulders, and red facial skin, bill and legs. The female is similar to the male except that she has grey rather than black secondary flight feathers.
The eagle hunts over a territory of 250 square miles (650 km2) a day.
The prey of this raptor is mostly birds, including pigeons and sandgrouse, and also small mammals (for instance Meerkats); it also takes carrion.
"Bateleur" is French for "tight-rope walker". This
name describes the bird’s characteristic habit of tipping the ends of
its wings when flying, as if catching its balance.
In some countries, the Bateleur is occasionally known as the "Conifer Eagle" or even "Pine Eagle", since its feathers somewhat resemble a conifer cone when it fluffs itself up.
De goochelaar of bateleur adelaar (Terathopius ecaudatus) is een middelgrote
adelaar in de familie van de havikachtigen.
Deze Zuid-Afrikaanse adelaar van de open savanne is vernoemd naar de unieke acrobatische stijl van vliegen. "Bateleur" is Frans voor "goochelaar".
De naam goochelaar beschrijft de karakteristieke gewoonte van de vogel om tijdens het vliegen salto’s te maken, zijwaarts te vallen en de uiteinden van de vleugels tegen elkaar te tikken als ze applaudisseren.
During the events the “2008 World Four-in-Hand Driving Championships”
and the “Landbouwfair” (Agriculturefair) in the Mariënwaerdt estate in
Beesd in the Netherlands from 3-7 September 2008 held a falconer a
demonstration including this bird.
The owner of this bird is “De Valk Roofvogels” ( www.devalk-roofvogels.nl )
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