Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax



60 to 72 centimeters (24 to 28 inches)


2.3 to 4.5 kilograms (5.1 to 9.9 pounds)


Jean Pierre Vieillot 1822.

Short Description:

The tawny eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory steppe eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy; two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct, but disagree over how closely related they are. It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays one to three eggs in a stick nest in a tree or crag or on the ground. Throughout its range, it favours open dry habitats such as desert, semidesert, steppes, or savannah plains.  This is a large eagle, although it is one of the smaller species in the genus Aquila. It is 60–75 cm (24–30 in) in length and has a wingspan of 159–190 cm (63–75 in). Weight can range from 1.6 to 3 kg (3.5 to 6.6 lb). It has tawny upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale. This species is smaller and paler than the steppe eagle, and it does not share that species' pale throat. Immature birds show less contrast than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour.  The tawny eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it kills small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles, and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It also steals food from other raptors. The call of the tawny eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display. In Pakistan, Tawny Eagle is an uncommon resident, preferring desert tracts, but adapted to irrigated cultivation. Absent in high mountainous tracts and scarce in Baluchistan.

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Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) displays typical behavior observed across its range. As a formidable predator, it primarily hunts small mammals, birds, and reptiles. These eagles often soar gracefully in the skies, utilizing thermal currents to gain altitude and scan the ground for prey. They are known for their keen eyesight and agile hunting tactics, often swooping down swiftly to capture prey with their sharp talons. During the breeding season, Tawny Eagles establish nesting territories in elevated locations such as cliffs or tall trees, where they construct large stick nests. Both parents participate in incubating the eggs and caring for the young. While they may face threats such as habitat loss and human disturbance in Pakistan, Tawny Eagles play a vital ecological role as apex predators, contributing to the balance of their ecosystems.
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