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Birds at
Paradise

Common Buzzard

A mostly solitary species, the common buzzard is frequently encountered perched on a tree or post, or using thermals to soar and scan open ground for prey.

When spotted, the common buzzard makes a swift dive on half-closed wings and snatches its prey in its powerful talons.  They are sometimes seen soaring in pairs using the thermals to glide around.

DID YOU KNOW? They are often referred to as the ‘tourist eagle’, as people confuse them with eagles, or even red kites.

 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Small mammals including voles, mice, rats, moles, young rabbits and hares.
Accipitridae
12 years wild
25 years captivity
Least Concern
Atlantic Islands of Cape Verde, the Azores, Canaries and Madeira, most of Europe, northern and central Asia, as far as Japan, Britain, Turkey, the Caucasus.
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