Tawny Eagle

Scientific Name: Aquila rapax
Common Name: Tawny Eagle

Identifying Features: light brown body, yellow legs, black claws, dark wings

Fun Facts:

  • The tawny eagle, quite unlike the steppe eagle, is largely sedentary and non-migratory.
  • The tawny eagle steals food from other raptors in addition to catching its own prey and coming to previously dead food sources. The Afrikaans name for the tawny eagle is a “Roofarend”, meaning the “Robber Eagle”.
  • The tawny eagle often seems to pair for life. Like most birds of prey, they are quite territorial towards conspecifics.


This image was clicked by Madhu Shekar – via Flickr.

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