One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short-tailed African eagle with mainly black plumage and a bare red face.
Terathopius ecaudatus, family Accipitridae
- ‘Keep your eyes open for raptors - especially the distinctive bateleur eagles that are common here.’
- ‘There are also plenty of birds, including the impressive bateleur eagle and ground hornbills.’
- ‘Red-beaked hornbills and bateleur eagles are also common.’
- ‘Some raptors, such as bateleurs, are sensitive to disturbance and will leave the nest, even if they are sitting on eggs or have chicks, if disturbed.’
- ‘Lacking a long tail, the bateleur rocks side to side in flight, a mechanism for steering.’
Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘acrobat, juggler’ (with reference to the side-to-side tilting motion of the bird in flight).
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