Tawny Eagle

Conservation status


Population Trend


Alternate Names

Eastern Steppe Eagle

Native Habitat

Semi-desert, steppes


Carrion, Small Mammals


Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax

This is a large eagle although it is one of the smaller species in the Aquila genus. It is 60-75 cm (24-30 in) in length. 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, although it does not share that species' pale throat.

Immature birds are less contrasted 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 will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It will also steal 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.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    তামাটে ঈগল, খয়েরি ঈগল
  • Gujarati:
    દેશી જુમ્મસ
  • Kannada:
    ಕಂದು ಗಿಡುಗ
  • Marathi:
    पिंगट गरुड, सुपर्ण
  • Nepali:
    राग महाचील
  • Tamil:
    மஞ்சட்பழுப்புக் கழுகு
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Aquila rapax