Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the Arabian Peninsula.
Carnivore. Arthropods (such as scorpions, spiders and beetles), small mammals (such as moles, rodents, hares, hedgehogs and bats), birds, reptiles, amphibians, snails, freshwater crabs, occasionally carrion.
Habitat: Rocky desert outcrops, open woodland, savannah.
Incubation: 2-4 eggs, incubated for 30-32 days.
Social structure: Solitary or in pairs.
Weight: male 620g max, female 850g max
Dimensions: 45cm length, wingspan 100 cm.
Lifespan: At least 10 years
Estimated population in the wild: Widespread and common
Threats: There are no major threats to this species.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
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Nesting sites may be re-used for many years, and some have been known to host successive generations of breeding pairs for up to 40 years.