COMMON BUZZARD

(Buteo buteo)

COMMON BUZZARD

Distribution:

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The common buzzard (Buteo – Buteo) is a small bird of prey which belongs to the Accipitridae family.
The common buzzard is found throughout the temperate and subtropical parts of Africa, Asia and Europe.

CHARACTERISTICS
The common buzzard has a strong beak with sharp edges like the blades of scissors. The beak enables the common buzzard to tear its prey. Its strong feet end with four toes (three of which are directed forward and the fourth, backward), and with bent, long and sharp claws.

BEHAVIOR
Its thin body, long wings and tail prove the fact that it is a good flying bird. It attacks the prey, catches it with the claws, tears it with the beak and swallows it without chewing it.

DIET
The common buzzard is a bird of prey with good eyesight, being able to distinguish its prey from the heights: birds, mice, rabbits, insects. Because it eats meat, its gizzard is less developed than that of other birds that feed on seeds.

REPRODUCTION
The common buzzard breeds in the afforest areas.  Built in the tree, its nest measures up to 60 cm long and is made of reeds. The female lays 4-5 eggs which are pale blue with brown spots. The chicks hatch after 33 days and starts flying after another 24-28 days.

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