02 March 2014

Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

The Common Buzzard is a common resident of woodlands and open areas. It is a medium-to-large bird of prey and its range covers most of Europe.

It eats mainly small mammals and being a great opportunist, it adapts well to a varied diet of pheasant, rabbit, snakes and lizards, and can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields searching for worms and insects.

It is a generally dark brown raptor and whilst in flight, it has broad rounded wings and tail.

Adults can be highly variable, from an almost white to a dark brown, whereas juveniles are coarsely streaked on their breast and lack the dark terminal tail-band.

We often come across this bird on our outings, and in this particular instance we were able to glimpse it at close range, enabling us to take several photographs to present to you here today.


There are also more photographs in our Picasa Gallery under the album 'Bird Nerds 2' so if you have some time, please check it out and feel free to give us some feedback, we'd love to hear from you!

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