The Bateleur is a medium-sized species of eagle native to Africa and Arabia. Bateleurs are colorful birds of prey with very short tails.
Bateleurs are opportunistic hunters. They take live prey like pigeons and other birds, but they will also scavenge, eating carrion.
The population trend for Bateleurs globally is decreasing. The conservation status for the species is Near Threatened as of November 2013. They face numerous threats, including pesticide use, habitat loss, and trade in captive birds.
From IUCN Red List: The Bateleur is listed as Near Threatened
on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Near Threatened because it is suspected to have undergone moderately rapid declines during the past three generations (41 years) owing to habitat loss and incidental poisoning and pollution, and is consequently believed to approach the threshold for classification as Vulnerable.
The Bateleur is a beautiful and rather colorful species of eagle found in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia.
The name Bateleur means "Street Performer" in French. The bird is so named particularly ... more