|Dark green: All-year distribution
Light green/blue: Breeding/winter range of Steppe Buzzard.
The common buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a bird of prey, very widespread in the Old World. It lives in most of Europe and into Asia. It is between 51 and 57 cm in length. The wings are between 110–150 cm (48–60 inch) when spread out. They can have a lot of different colours, from almost pure white to black. Usually, they are brown.
It breeds in woodlands. It hunts over open land. It eats mainly small mammals like pheasant, rabbit and also lizards. It can be seen walking over recently ploughed fields looking for worms and insects.
References[change | change source]
- Clouet, Michel and Wink, Michael (2000): The Buzzards of Cape Verde (Buteo (buteo) bannermani) and Socotra (Buteo buteo spp.) - First results of a genetic analysis based on nucleotide sequences of the cytochrome b gene. Alauda 68(1): 55-58. PDF fulltext
- Ferguson-Lees, Christie, Franklin, Mead and Burton Raptors of the World ISBN 0713680261
- Mullarney, Svensson, Zetterstrom and Grant, Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0-00-219728-6
- Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Tarboton, SASOL Birds of Southern Africa (Struik 2002) ISBN 1-86872-721-1
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