Southern African Birds

 

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  Bateleur

 

Terathopius ecaudatus

(146) 63 cm; 2.25 kg

SEXES  Similar. Very distinctive with red facial skin, grey shoulder patches and long wings that extend past the very short tail.

M  When perched, flight feathers appear black; in flight, black trailing edge to white underwing considerably broader than F.

F  When perched, pri­maries show pale grey wing panel (below grey-brown shoulder patch). In flight underwing white with narrow black trailing edge.

CREAM MORPH  Uncommon to rare. Back, rump and tail creamy buff.

JUV  Uniform brown plumage; cere and facial skin grey-green and short tail distinctive.

STATUS  Locally common in protected areas, regarded as Vulnerable in S Africa. Resident and largely sedentary.

HABITAT  Open and closed woodland, also in semi-arid regions; seldom in mountainous areas.

FOOD  Mainly small mammals, birds and reptiles. Scavenges carrion.

CALL  Generally silent; gives guttural kow-aw or ko-waaaa.

BR  Monogamous. Stick platform nest placed below canopy in large tree.

 

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Btl001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Btl002

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Btl003

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Btl004

Mahango Game Park, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Btl005

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Btl006

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Btl007

Mabuasehube

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Btl008

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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