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Bird  Buzzard

Buzzard - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
If you look up on hot days you can sometimes see buzzards circling high up on thermals over fields.

Latin name: Buteo buteo

Size: Approximately 55cms tall. Wingspan approximately 130cms

Distribution: Found in most parts of the U.K. all year round. Mainly a winter visitor to eastern counties.

Months seen: All year round

Food: Mice, voles, birds and rabbits

Habitat: Moorland, farmland, hilly countryside and woodlands adjacent to open fields

Special features: A large, broad bird, often seen circling high in the sky on thermals. Buzzards can also be spotted perching on telephone poles and fence posts.

Buzzards have blunt wing tips, and brown plumage which is very variable in shade and pattern. Some birds can be mostly white with brown patches. The legs and talons are yellow.

Click for a better viewThey are able to catch and kill quite large items relative to their size, such as rabbits, but they also catch small prey such as beetles and earthworms.

Buzzards have a distinctive "pee-o" call.

Because they are quite a large bird of prey buzzards are often mistaken for golden eagles. In some parts of Scotland buzzards are affectionately called 'tourist eagles' because visitors get the two confused.

Click for a better viewWhen you see a buzzard alongside a golden eagle you realise how much larger the eagle really is. Click the image for a better view.

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