Common Buzzard

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 May 2015
Scientific Name
Buteo buteo
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. buteo
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 14 August 2015)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
16 to 23 inches
43 to 54 inches
15 to 48 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 普通鵟
Czech (Cesky) káně lesní
Danish (Dansk) Musvåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Buizerd
Finnish (Suomi) hiirihaukka
French (Français) Buse variable
German (Deutsch) Mäusebussard
Italian (Italiano) Poiana eurasiatica
Japanese (日本語) ノスリ [nosuri]
Korean (한국어) 말똥가리
Norwegian (Norsk) Musvåk
Polish (Polski) myszołów
Portuguese (Português) Águia-d'asa-redonda
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенный канюк
Spanish (Español) Ratonero común
Swedish (Svenska) Ormvråk
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