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Common Buzzard

(Buteo buteo)
German name(s): "Mäusebussard"
Size: 48-56 cm; wing span 1.1-1.3 m
Weight: 550-1400 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Buzzard at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "buteo"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Common Buzzard perched in a dormant tree (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Between Lomza and Wizna, Podlachia, Poland, January 2016]

Frontal view of a Common Buzzard perched in a dormant tree (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Between Lomza and Wizna, Podlachia, Poland, January 2016]

Pair of Common Buzzards on an old windmill (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2017]

Pair of Common Buzzards on an old windmill (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard on the ground (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Wiesbaden, Germany, October 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a soaring Common Buzzard (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2017]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard trying to gain height (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2013]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard in swift flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral/ventral view of a Common Buzzard flying a bend (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Ventral view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Fareham, Hampshire, England, September 2019]

Dorsal/ventral view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2013]

Dorsal view of a Common Buzzard in gliding flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Between Lomza and Wizna, Podlachia, Poland, January 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Common Buzzard - note the frontal streaking (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, October 2019]

Lateral view of a juvenile Common Buzzard (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Dorsal view of a Common Buzzard chick that has left its nest prematurely (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Dorsal view of a Common Buzzard nestling crouched on the ground (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Behaviour

Dorsal view of a Common Buzzard typically perched on a roadside fence post (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Food, Diet

Frontal view of a Common Buzzard plucking its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2018]

Common Buzzard carrying away its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard devouring its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Race "rothschildi"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Terceira Island, Azores, November 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Terceira Island, Azores, November 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral/ventral view of a juvenil(?) Common Buzzard in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Terceira Island, Azores, November 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

buzzard_jp_20200323.m4a buteo
(Portugal)
Contact calls? (in flight) © JP
buzzard_jp_20200323_NR.m4a buteo
(Portugal)
Contact calls? (in flight; no bkgd) © JP

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