Rock Paintings
Rock Paintings
Old Palapye Museum
Old Palapye Museum
Lechwe Running Through Floodplain
Lechwe Running Through Floodplain
Mata to Bitterpan Trail
Mata to Bitterpan Trail

Bateleur

Bateleur

Description

The Bateleur is a very distinctive eagle, with red facial skin, grey shoulder patches and long wings that extend past the short tail. In flight the black trailing edge to the white under-wing is considerably broader for the male than for the female. The acrobatic flight pattern is diagnostic. It is regarded as a “bird of concern” status in Botswana.

Voice

The bird is generally silent but does give a guttural kow-aw on occasion.

Behaviour and habitat

It is seen in open and closed woodland and in semi-arid regions, but seldom in mountainous regions. Its food consists of small mammals, birds and reptiles. It also scavenges carrion. Its nest is a stick platform placed below the canopy in a large tree.