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Common Buzzard
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In the Netherlands
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Buteoninae
Tribe: Buteonini
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. buteo
Binomial name
Buteo buteo
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Subspecies

7-10, see text

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Range of B. buteo      Breeding range of migrant populations     Resident range     Wintering range of migrant populations
Common buzzard

a Common Buzzard.

Poiana disegno

a drawing of a flying Buzzard.

Description

It has a wingspan of 1,35 m and is about 60 cm long. It has a very variable plumage, from very dark brown to reddish, light-gray or even all white (albinism)

Similar species

Long-legged Buzzard (buteo rufinus) Rough-legged Buzzard (buteo lagopus) Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Behaviour

This medium-big sized raptor can soar at the same altitudes of the Golden Eagle while hunting.

Diet

The Buzzard is a very versatile bird of prey and eats a big variety of foods. This is why it is one of the most common raptors in Europe. It eats mainly small rodents, like mice, rats and rabbits/hares, but also smaller birds, reptiles, insects, worms and carrion (expecially in winter).

Calls

The call is a mewing mìììùùùù, the song is a longer, more pitched and less mewing kiiiiaaaaaa

Reproduction

The Buzzard nests on tall trees. the nest is made of twigs and the bird lays three or four eggs in it.

Distribution/habitat

The Buzzard is found all across Europe and part of Asia, it is very common and is found in mountain woods and rocky areas, meadows, lowlands, wetlands,farmlands and also suburban areas.

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