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COMMON BUZZARD

Buteo buteo

Length:             50-60cm 

Wing Span:  100-130 cm 

Weight:              1-1.3Kg 

Present:              All Year

Overview: One of the most visible of Britain's raptors. This is mainly due to a strong population and it's large size. On any cross country journey on a clear day you are likely to see them sitting idly on a fence post waiting for a meal to pass by, or soaring lazily in groups of two or more in the afternoon thermals.
In Scotland, because of their size, behaviour and markings the Common Buzzard is often mistaken for juvenile Golden Eagles, especially when they are soaring.


Nesting:
Made from sticks normally in a tree but occasionally at the base of a bush on cliffs

Where to see them:
Can be seen inmost places, normally over the marshland hunting for Voles. Or just soaring overhead.

When to see them: All year round.

What they eat: Mainly on Rabbits but will take just about any small mammal, reptile and often carrion

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