The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax rapax) is a common African bird of prey, a raptor.
The Tawny Eagle is usually brown, but it can vary from dark-brown to light ginger brown to almost white. It has a dark-brown tail. Its feathers often look scruffy. It has feathered legs with ‘boots’ and yellow legs. It has a light beak and light eyes.
It grows to about 66-72 centimetres (26-28 inches) tall.
Its flight is slow.
The Tawny Eagle lives in northern Africa, west Africa, east Africa, and south Africa. It likes open grasslands and lowlands, where it feeds on termites, small mammals (such as mongooses, hares, rabbits, and gazelles), lizards, snakes, or carcasses.
It can be seen alone or in pairs. It builds a shallow stick nest on top of a tree or pole.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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