Tuesday, August 4, 2009

EbscoHost - Ebsco Animals

Now this is an exotic bird. The bateleur eagle, on its wingspan of five-to-six feet reaches speeds of 30 to 50 miles per hour with hardly a wingbeat. They weigh between 4 and 7 pounds and are known for tumbling, diving, rolling, somersaulting, and cartwheeling. The feathers around the head and neck are sometimes fanned, which makes the head look larger. (Seriously, it's like it's not a bird. I think it looks like a guy wearing a bird costume). This baby has a broad palate. She eats snakes, monitor lizards, rats, hares, fish, birds, and small antelope. Yikes. Look at those feathers! They don't taper at all and look so soft. I'm not saying you should try to touch one. Small antelope.

Source: Encyclopedia of Animals via Ebsco Animals
Photo Credit: Gerry Rowland

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