The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a very large bird, 29" (74cm), whose plumage colouration varies considerably, from pale-cream, through coffee-brown to very dark chestnut. It is a common bird, found in the open plains of Kenya, more often flying or gliding, looking large and robust, with dark feathers and tail.

The Tawny Eagle's diet centres around small mammals, such as Hares and Mongoose, game birds and reptiles, inluding Monitor Lizards. As predators, they will also tackle a Dik-Dik. Aside from which, they are also seen scavenging, flushing smaller raptors off their kill, or joining in with Vultures - the rare time more than one Tawny Eagle is seen.

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Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle perched on Acacia tree branch.