|Name: Bateleur Eagle|
|Scientific name: Terathopius ecaudatus|
|Range: Bateleur eagles may be found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, living on Mount Kenya and Mount Killmanjaro.|
|Habitat: Bateleur eagles can be found in the open lands and brush savanna of Africa.|
|Diet in the wild: Carrion (dead animals), young hares, hedgehogs, mice, rats, reptiles, and squirrels.|
|Diet in the zoo: bird of prey diet|
|Location in the zoo: Raptor Canyon|
Bateleur eagles pair for life, using the same nest and trees for several years. They lay one egg that has an incubation period of 52 -59 days. While the male Bateleur helps with incubation and feeding, it has been reported that only 2% of the chicks will make it to adulthood. Of those that make it to adulthood, they may live another 20-25 years.
or behavioral adaptations:
Since the Bateleur has a short tail, it rocks back and forth as a means of steering. From the seeming balancing act of its flying, the Bateleur gets its name from the French word meaning "tightrope-walker."
|Comments about the
Bateleur eagle in the Fort Worth Zoo:
The Bateleur eagle of the Fort Worth Zoo likes to perch in the shade, watching all of the people walk beneath it. Instead of perching on a tree, it chose to perch on the fence that covered the walkway through Raptor Canyon. At times, it seemed as though the Bateleur eagle was communicating with the Harpy eagle that is located directly across the walkway.
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