Posted by Shirley Twofeathers in birds
The Shona people believe the Chapungu bird or Bateleur eagle is a good omen, bringing protection and good fortune.
These high-flying acrobats of the African skies get their name from the French word for "tumbler," and they can often be seen turning somersaults and performing other feats of aerial acrobatics. Bateleur eagles have bright red faces and legs and a black-tipped beak. They hunt small mammals, insects, and reptiles - especially snakes - but they will also eat carrion, which is the flesh of dead animals.
Bateleur eagles mate for life and females usually lay a single egg at a time.