Definition of bateleur in English:


Line breaks: bat¦el|eur
Pronunciation: /ˈbat(ə)ləː
(also bateleur eagle)


A short-tailed African eagle with mainly black plumage and a bare red face.
  • Terathopius ecaudatus, family Accipitridae
More example sentences
  • There are also plenty of birds, including the impressive bateleur eagle and ground hornbills.
  • Keep your eyes open for raptors - especially the distinctive bateleur eagles that are common here.
  • Lacking a long tail, the bateleur rocks side to side in flight, a mechanism for steering.


mid 19th century: from French, literally 'acrobat, juggler' (with reference to the side-to-side tilting motion of the bird in flight).

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