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Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Terathopius ecaudatus, Bateleur


Sub-Saharan Africa (from BirdLife International 2012 unless otherwise noted)

  • Native to 43 countries
    • Distribution spans the African continent
      • Common and widely distributed (Moreau 1945)
    • Also occurs on the southwestern Arabian peninsula
    • Northern most populations
      • Southern Mauritania east through central Chad and Sudan, into southwestern Saudi Arabia
    • Southern most populations
      • East-central Namibia east through southern Botswana and extreme northeastern regions of South Africa
  • An occasional (vagrant) visitor to countries outside this region
    • Iraq, Lesotho, Liberia, and Tunisia
  • Non-migratory
    • Generally considered as resident, though some adults and immature are nomadic


Prefer open country (from BirdLife International 2012 unless otherwise noted)

  • Open woodland (Kemp et al. 2013)
  • Tree savanna (Kemp et al. 2013)
    • Extending into bush savanna
  • Grasslands
  • Sub-desert thornbush

Elevation range (from BirdLife International 2012; Kemp et al. 2013)

  • 0-4,500 m (0-14,764 ft)
  • Most often below 3,000 m (9,843 ft)

Bateleur Distribution

Bateleur distribution map

The Bateleur is native to 43 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Adapted from according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

BirdLife International (2012)
Kemp et al. (2013)
Moreau (1945)

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