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Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapdax

Falconiformes - Accipitridae - Hawks, eagles & Old world vultures

Tawny Eagle - Tawny Eagle chick


Tawny Eagle - Tawny Eagle chick

Distribution: S Kenya and S Zaire to South Africa and W to Angola Namibia Sub species found in India, Pakistan, S Nepal, Morocco and S Arbia

Habitat: Open woodland, savanna and arid steppe.

Diet: Mammals, birds & lizards, may also take insects, amphibia and fish when available

Breeding: Builds a platform of sticks, lined with grass and leaves.

Clutch size: 2 eggs

Incubation: 39-44 days

Fledge age: 77-84 days


Protocol from The International Centre for Birds of Prey

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Protocol established ?
Used on 11 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 2. New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. 1994

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