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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Tawny Eagle

Afrikaans name: Roofarend

Tawny Eagle

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Aquila rapax

The Tawny Eagle is found over much of sub-Saharan Africa as long as there is suitable habitat. It prefers savanna area but there should not be too many trees. It is not against using electricity pylons as perches and nest sites if suitable trees aren't available.

Tawny Eagles prey on a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. It has been recorded feeding on prey the size of a Springbok but normally it takes smaller stuff. They are also attracted to carrion such as road-kill.

Pairs build their nests in the tops of tall trees or occasionally electricity pylons. Up to 3 eggs are laid and these are looked after by the female. The chicks leave the nest at about 3 months old and are independent by the age of 5 months.

Tawny Eagles can weigh around 3 kg and have a wingspan of up to 1.9 metres.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 70

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Year Published: 1970 - Page: 107

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 92

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 14

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 102

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 63

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 67

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 70

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 47

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 18

Eagle Days - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 47

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 651

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 54

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 56

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 76

Know your Birds of Prey - Author: - Year Published: - Page: 34

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 164

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 164

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 19

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 52

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 90

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 98

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 118

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 113

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Year Published: 1998 - Page: 80

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 92

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 96

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 16

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 32

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 60

List of South African Birds

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