Tawny upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale.
Tawny Eagle has nostrils on a diagonal that is almost vertical, and the gape goes back only to mid eye.
Semi-arid Acacia savanna, and also semi-desert, and steppes.
Pairs defend territories. Often pirates food from other raptors.
The diet includes largely fresh carrion; it will kill small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, reptiles and birds up to the size of guineafowl. It will also steal food from other raptors.
It lays 1–3 eggs in a stick nest in a small trees, crags, rocks and ruins, or on the ground.