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Bateleur Eagle – Tsavo


In 2002, Tsavo was removed from the wild as a juvenile in Cameroon and taken to a facility in the United Kingdom. We believe he was removed since he has flight feathers that do not grow in properly preventing him from long distance flying or soaring. While he can still fly very short distances, he cannot fly well enough to survive on his own in the wild. When he was about a year old, Tsavo moved to the Jardin Zoologique du Quebec in Canada, where he had been trained to be a flier in their zoo show. When the zoo closed in 2008, Tsavo was transferred to World Bird Sanctuary to join our zoo show team.

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  • Tsavo is an impressive education bird who has done a lot to help educate about habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.
  • He loves to spread his wings, flap, and sun himself, and is convinced there is nothing better than a good drenching, sloppy, bath.
  • Tsavo is also quick to proudly claim any new venue as his own territory with loud “CAW”s accompanied with quick bows and wing posturing.


Scientific Name:

  • Terathopius ecaudatus.


  • Throughout Africa south of the Sahara, occasionally wandering to South Arabia.


  • Open woodlands and tree savannas.


  • Mainly carrion; also reptiles, mammals, and small birds.


  • Bateleur eagles have a strange “mood ring” adaption where blood with rush towards or away from their face to express their mood. Sort of like when humans get embarrassed we blush; and when we get scared we turn paler. Normal happy color for Bateleurs is red; breeding color is purple; and nervous or afraid is yellow.
  • 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. “Bateleur” translates to acrobat in French.


  • 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.
  • 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.
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