Now the commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey. The buzzard is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V' and the tail is fanned. Birds are variable in colour from all dark brown to much paler variations, all have dark wingtips and a finely barred tail. Their plaintive mewing call could be mistaken for a cat.
What they eat:
Small mammals, birds and carrion. Even earthworms and large insects when other prey is in short supply.
- 550-1,000g (male); 700-1,300g (female)
- UK breeding:
- 57,000-79,000 pairs