Image 1 of 1
BUZZARD Buteo buteo - Adult. Wingspan 115-130cm. Britain’s commonest medium-sized bird of prey. Soars with broad, rounded wings held in shallow ‘V’, with tail fanned. Plumage is very variable and some birds are very pale. Sexes cannot be distinguished by appearance. Adult is typically brown overall; breast is finely barred and usually paler than throat or belly. In flight and from below, flight feathers and tail are grey and barred; note dark trailing edge to wings and dark terminal band on tail. Body and underwing coverts are contrastingly dark (carpal patch is darkest) and pale breast band can usually be seen. Juvenile is similar to adult but lacks terminal dark band on tail and obvious dark trailing edge to wings. Voice – utters a mewing pee-ay. Status and habitat – Present throughout the year and widespread, least numerous in east. Usually associated with lightly wooded farmland.