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About the Common Buzzard

Also known as: Eurasian Buzzard, Buzzard

The Common Buzzard is a medium-sized bird of prey in the buteo family. These birds breed across much of Europe and parts of Asia. There are at least ten different subspecies of the Common Buzzard recognized, and the species is known for having a wide variety in plumage.

Common Buzzards prefer a wooded habitat for nesting, and are often found on the edges of forests as they prefer to hunt over open landscapes. They prey upon a variety of prey items, with a preference towards mammals. They are opportunistic and are also known to feed from carrion.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 May 2015
Scientific Name Buteo buteo
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. buteo
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 13 August 2015)
Units: Imperial Metric
16 to 23 inches
43 to 54 inches
15 to 48 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia North Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 普通鵟 (Chinese)
  • káně lesní (Czech)
  • Musvåge (Danish)
  • Buizerd (Dutch)
  • hiirihaukka (Finnish)
  • Buse variable (French)
  • Mäusebussard (German)
  • Poiana eurasiatica (Italian)
  • ノスリ [nosuri] (Japanese)
  • 말똥가리 (Korean)
  • Musvåk (Norwegian)
  • myszołów (Polish)
  • Águia-d'asa-redonda (Portuguese)
  • Обыкновенный канюк (Russian)
  • Ratonero común (Spanish)
  • Ormvråk (Swedish)