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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Rough-legged Buzzard

 

 

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Rough-legged Buzzard

(Rough-legged Hawk)

Buteo lagopus

 

  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Buteo lagopus
  • UK: Passage/Winter Visitor
  • UK: 70 annual records BTO
  • WI: Accidental (less than 30 records)
  • Breeds: Nests in trees or on rocky cliffs in valleys (upland or Arctic). Europe (not UK), Asia, North America,
  • Winters: Open upland marshland & moorland. Mostly migrates to south & east Europe including British east coast. USA
  • Habitat: Hunts across open land. Tundra, farmland, open coniferous forest
  • Diet: small mammals, some carrion
  • How it differs to Common Buzzard: More Eagle-like, Slightly larger. Wings longer, floppier, typically paler head & below. White tail has a broad dark band at its tip. Arctic bird has that has adapted by having feet that feet are feathered to the toes. Hovers
  • Max recorded age 18yrs 9mths
    Similar birds: Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard (rare), Golden Eagle

 

Rough-legged Buzzard records in the Western Isles

Accidental (less than 30 records)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Rough-legged Buzzard is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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