About the Bateleur

Also known as: Bateleur Eagle, Bataleur

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 26 November 2013
Scientific Name
Terathopius ecaudatus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Terathopius
  • T. ecaudatus
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
21 to 28 inches
66 to 72 inches
64 to 104 ounces


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.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 短尾雕
Czech (Cesky) orlík kejkliř
Danish (Dansk) Gøglerørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Bateleur
Finnish (Suomi) liitokotka
French (Français) Bateleur des savanes
German (Deutsch) Gaukler
Italian (Italiano) Falco giocoliere
Japanese (日本語) ダルマワシ [darumawashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gjøglerørn
Polish (Polski) kuglarz
Russian (русский язык) Орёл-скоморох
Spanish (Español) Águila Volatinera
Swedish (Svenska) Gycklarörn
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