The Augur Buzzard is a species of hawk found in Africa. It is in the same genus as the Red-tailed Hawk of North America and the Common Buzzard of Europe and Asia.
The Augur Buzzard is a resident, non-migratory bird throughout its range. They are typically found near mountains and in adjacent grassland habitat. The species is also known as Jackal Buzzard or Archer's Buzzard, though some taxonomies consider these subspecies to be separate species entirely.
Being a bird of prey, Augur Buzzards feed mainly on prey items like snakes, rodents, and small birds. They may also feed on carrion. Hunting usually takes place from a perched position or from a hover.
Details & Statistics
The Augur Buzzard is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.