The bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)is a type of bird of prey found in Africa. It is from the order Falconiformes. It is the only member of from the genus Terathopius. It is the the national emblem of Zimbabwe.
Bateleurs can eat mammals about the size of a baby antelope. They may even eat birds like ground birds and reptiles like snakes and lizards. Sometimes, they eat dead meat if available. Bateleurs hunt alone in the air but sometimes, large numbers may eat together.
Distribution and Habitat
Bateleurs line in open woodland and savannas. The bateleur is found in much of Africa. It is mainly found in places south of Sahara desert. Its distribution ranges extends to northern Namibia and South Africa but is not found in dense forests of places around the equator.
Bateleurs build stick nests on big trees and generally one egg is produced by the female. Bateleurs build their nests near rivers. The eggs incubate for about 59 days and the young fledge after 100 days.
Bateleurs are not endangered, but they are decreasing in numbers especially in the south. This is because of habitat loss and hunting.
Source of picture 1:http://chandra.as.utexas.edu/~kormendy/southafricabirds.html
Source of picture 2:http://www.whozoo.org/Anlife2002/raunshep/RBS_BateleurEagle2.html