Tsavo – Bateleur Eagle
Hatched: February 2002
Tsavo is a male Bateleur Eagle who was a wild caught bird from Cameroon. He was hatched in 2002 and came to us from the Jardin Zoologique du Quebec in Canada, where he had been trained to be a flier in their zoo show.
We received Tsavo in the Fall of 2008 at the age of 5 years old and do not know a great deal about his early years. He spent his first summer with us at the Grant’s Farm bird where he has shown great promise as a performer and has been helping to educate about the dangers of the illegal bird trade. Tsavo loves to spread his wings, flap, and sun himself, and is convinced there is nothing better than a good drenching, sloppy, bath.
Species: Bateleur Eagle
Latin Name: Terathopius ecaudatus
Description: adult male’s head and neck black; back, upper-tail coverts and tail chestnut; median and lesser-wing coverts brown with whitish tips; greater coverts black; primaries black above, pure white below with a black tip; body below black, under-tail coverts chestnut; under-wing coverts white; bare skin of face, cere, and legs – bright red; eyes brown; very short tails and long wings; develop adult plumage at 5-6 years
Sex: female similar to male, but whole of upper-wing coverts brown with grey secondaries, with white on inner web; black tips on white underside of wing quills narrower than those of the male
Age: 20-25 years
Weight: 4-6.5 lbs.
Habitat: open woodlands and tree savannas
Range: throughout Africa south of the Sahara, occasionally wandering to South Arabia
Behavior: monogamous; build large stick nests in trees or on top of nests built by other birds; female lays 1 egg; incubation is 52-59 days; young fledges in 3-4 months, but may spend up to 4 more months with parents; best known for their spectacular aerial displays
Diet: mainly carrion; also reptiles, mammals and small birds
Vocalization: generally silent, but capable of making loud screams
- The Bateleur’s feet and facial color can vary from a pale color to brilliant red, depending on the mood of the bird
- Native name for this bird is Chapungu. They believe it is good luck if the bird flies over their house or village