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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Superorder Passerimorphae
Order Ciconiiformes
Sub-order Ciconii
Infraorder Falconides
Family Information
Family Accipitridae
Sub-family Accipitrinae
Genus Information
Genus Terathopius
Species Information
Species T. ecaudatus
Population statistics
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Conservation status Near Threatened[1]

The bateleur (French: "acrobat"; Terathopius ecaudatus) is a small eagle found over much of sub-Saharan Africa, and known for the tumbling aerial displays which gives it its name.


Bateleurs are up to 30 inches long with a wingspan of nearly 6 feet. Males have a black head, neck, and chest, a chestnut or reddish-brown back and tail, and gray shoulders. The bare face is a brilliant-red, and the short legs and talons are reddish-orange. Females are similar, with gray-colored secondaries instead of black.