Common Buzzard

They are sometimes seen soaring in pairs using the thermals to glide around.


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.

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

Key Facts

Family:
Accipitridae
Diet:
Small mammals including voles, mice, rats, moles, young rabbits and hares.
Life Span:
12 years wild | 25 years captivity
Distribution:
Widespread across most of the Europe, parts of northern mainland Asia. Some birds will migrate to southern Africa for winter.

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