The tawny eagle (Aquila rapax) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory steppe eagle, Aquila nipalensis, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy; two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are.

It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays 1–3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground.

Throughout its range, it favours open dry habitats such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah plains.
Tawny Eagle
Date Location Count
2020-02-10 10:45Kampanti Raptor Bridge2
2020-02-15 09:00Tendaba Mangroves1
2020-02-21 09:40Solitaire1
2020-02-20 15:49Mahango Game Reserve1
2020-01-26 06:28Chobe NP (Savuti region)3
2020-01-27 16:25Moremi--River Kwai (north side)3
2020-01-24 15:06Muchenje Safari Lodge2
2020-01-24 09:30Chobe River--boat trip (Botswana)1
2020-02-02 06:05Imbabala Safari Camp1
2020-02-11Kgalagadi TFCA (South Africa portion - be more specific)
2020-02-14 15:58Gondar Hill Resort10
2020-02-11 14:38Simien Lodge1
2020-02-12 06:02Hwange NP--Deteema2
2020-02-22 11:21Serengeti NP--Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp1
2020-01-30 06:45Hwange National Park--Hwange Main Camp1
2020-02-04 07:15Masaai Mara NR--Mara River (North)1
2020-02-09 09:02Serengeti NP--Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge1
2020-02-21 06:59Serengeti NP--Lake Magadi2
2020-02-20 12:45Serengeti NP2
2020-02-11 11:17Serengeti NP--Naabi Hill Gate1
2020-02-18 06:15Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu (general area)10
2020-02-03 08:30Kecha--South
2020-02-12 11:41Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Masek1
2020-01-31 07:27Lake Nakuru NP1
2020-01-31 07:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP4
2020-02-01 07:15Hawassa Lake Promenade1
2020-02-08 07:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area2
2020-02-04 08:30Debre Birhan Grasslands
2020-02-14 06:30Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater2
2020-02-12 11:52Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)1
2020-02-19 07:15Tarangire NP--Lemiyon Circuit Grasslands2
2020-02-17 08:15Awash NP--Lodge and Falls1
2020-02-14 06:16Tarangire NP--Matete Picnic Site10
2020-01-26 06:38Awash NP (Please use more specific hotspot)2
2020-02-20 07:00Tarangire NP1
2020-02-04 06:53Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve1
2020-02-13 06:00Ruaha NP2
2020-02-16 08:30Magongo Hills2
2020-02-20 12:30Arusha Airport4
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP1
2020-02-11 10:27Ngare-Nanyuki Village7
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP2
2020-02-01 05:30Benfontein Nature Reserve1
2020-02-22 11:10Tsavo East NP--southern section1
2020-02-02 06:49Selous Game Reserve--Lake Manze1
2020-02-05 06:52Selous Impala Camp1
2020-01-25 02:06Kruger NP--Mahonie Loop/S992
2020-02-19 07:20Kruger NP--Punda Rd to Babalala/H1-71
2020-01-26 06:10Liwonde National Park2
2020-02-05 07:42Manta Resort2
2020-02-07 13:19Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp1
2020-02-11 11:56Kruger NP--S131 Phalaborwa to Letaba1
2020-02-15 08:06Kruger NP--S401
2020-02-16 06:00Kruger NP--S31
2020-02-16 04:00Kruger NP--Voortrekker Rd/H2-21
2020-02-13 05:27Kruger NP--S1123
2020-02-09 13:22Kruger NP--Malelane to Afsaal/H31
2020-02-10 07:54Kruger NP--Matiulu loop/S1101
2020-02-14 07:49Chhari Dhandh Conservation Reserve1
2020-02-01 15:00Banni Grasslands--Lodai1
2020-02-03 07:30Netsi Lake1
2020-02-21 07:00Desert NP1
2020-01-28Desert NP--Sudasari2
2020-02-07 07:51Jorbeer Carcass Dump, Bikaner
2020-01-31 10:30Charwas1
2020-02-19 10:30Tal Chhapar Sanctuary2
2020-01-30 15:45Tal Chhapar WLS--Gaushala Area1
2020-02-11 07:32Aundh military camp1
2020-02-05 06:55Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary1
2020-02-11 08:02Keoladeo Ghana NP, Bharatpur1
2020-01-31 08:55Nagla Kanch , Rati Ka Nagla Wetland1
2020-02-09 07:00BR Hills--Krishnaina Katte1
2020-01-29 08:29Cauvery WLS--Hegeneru State Forest1
2020-01-25 07:44Muthyalamaduvu1
2020-02-02 07:10Gorewada Lake, Nagpur1
2020-02-05 07:11Rishi Valley--School Campus1
2020-02-16 09:52Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, Mangalam campus2