The tawny eagle (Aquila rapax) has tawny coloured upperparts with black flight feathers and tail and a paler lower back area. Is is smaller and paler than the steppe eagle, and it does not share that species' pale throat. It favours open dry habitats such as desert, semidesert, steppes, or savannah plains, where it breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. Tawny Eagles, like other Eagle species, are diurnal – active by day, sleeping at night. Tawny Eagles tend to occupy the same territory for many years, sometimes even decades, in pairs.