Rather rare breeding resident of forests and such well-wooded areas throughout the country. It lives as solitary birds or as pairs. Rufous Bellied Eagle feeds mainly on birds, mostly doves and pigeons, which it capture on the wing by stooping from a height, with wings nearly closed and winglets elevated, rather like falcons. Also takes small mammals and reptiles. The breeding season lasts from December to March and it build a nest, a large pile of sticks lined with green leaves placed in a tree and lays a single egg.