557 Tawny Eagle

The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is 60-75 cm long bird of prey with tawny upperparts, blackish flight feathers and tail, pale lower back, dark grey and yellow bill, yellow-ember eyes, and yellow talons. It is a resident breeder preferring desert or semi-desert areas, steppes with sparse bushes, open savannahs, and cultivated regions in Africa, southwestern Asia, and India. It hunts by swooping down on its prey from a high perch and picking it up in the clutch of its strong talons.