Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Mammalia
                      Family : Accipitridae
       Scientific Name : Buteo Buteo

                      Size(L) : 51cm - 57cm
                                      (20in - 22in)
               Wing Span : 110cm - 130cm 
                                      (48in - 60in)
                      Weight : 400g - 1400g 
                                        (15oz - 48oz)
                 Top Speed : 48km/h (25mph)

                  Life Span : 12 - 20 years
                      Colour : White, Black, 
                                       Grey, Brown
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Small head and 
                                      curved beak
  1. Common Buzzards are medium sized birds of prey.
  2. They are found throughout Europe, Russia, parts of Asia and Northern Africa.
  3. They inhabit various habitats like woodlands, moorlands, scrubs, pastures, arable, marsh bogs, villages, towns and cities.
  4. They are large birds with broad, rounded wings, short neck and tail.
  5. Like other raptors, they are solitary animals, hunting and feeding alone.
  6. Although while migrating, they may fly together in small groups of around 30 individuals.
  7. Interestingly, the call of a common buzzard sound similar to a cat’s mewing.
  8. They are large, opportunistic predators preying on small mammals, birds, insects, earthworms and snakes.
  9. They have very few predators in air like the eagle or other large birds of prey.
  10. On ground their predators are wildcats and foxes.
  11. They are known to mate for life, the females lay 2-4 eggs which hatch after about a month.
  12. The common buzzard chicks are looked after by their mother and fledge after 45 days.
  13. The common buzzard population is thriving now, despite being almost extinct a hundred years ago.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top