Bateleur Eagle Make Anticipated Debut At National Aviary

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A couple of rare eagles have landed here in Pittsburgh.

Today was the final check-up before they met their adoring public for the first time.

As the curtain was pulled away, the female bateleur eagle looked comfortable in her new digs, spreading her wings and taking in the sunlight.

It’s a rare bird to have and the National Aviary now has two.

“They’re very unusual to have in zoos. Only 11 zoos in the United States have these eagles,” Dr. Pilar Fish, of the National Aviary, said. “In Africa, their status is near threatened.”

It took the male eagle a bit more time to warm up, but it offered the perfect view for some kids. The birds come from a zoo in California, where they’ve been for about a decade.

Both the male and female had their final medical evaluation before being placed in the exhibit. Dr…

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