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The gentle giant who enjoys everybody’s company
Batty is one of the most popular birds at the Centre, with staff and visitors alike bewitched by his charm. He is a true gentle giant, always willing to fly to even the smallest volunteer who wishes to hold him. He enjoys our company, and is one of the few birds to not only seem to like a chin scratch, but asks for it and is disgruntled if you deny him!As a species, the Bateleur eagles are found in sub-Saharan Africa, hunting and scavenging across the open savannah. They can travel huge distances in search of a meal, with records of over 300 miles in a single day! Unfortunately, the species is classified as near threatened on the IUCN RedList of endangered species. Outside of conservation areas their numbers are decreasing, due to threats such as poison and habitat loss.the average lifespan for a wild Bateleur eagle is 20-25 years. However, in captivity due to the elimination of such threats, they have been recorded living into their late forties! We strive to give him the very best life, and we hope you enjoy getting an up close encounter with this savannah superstar!