Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

The buzzard is the most common bird of prey in UK. Its large size (wingspan of over a metre) distinguishes it from other hawks, however it is considerably smaller than an eagle, with which it is often confused.

The buzzard is a slow flier and unlikely to catch prey on the wing, however it is a patient predator and its markings provide excellent camouflage which enable it to sit in trees for hours waiting for a small rodents to pass.

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When to see

Daytime

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Where to see

Throughout Scotland, regularly seen on the wing or on fence posts next to roads.

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Daytime

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Throughout Scotland, regularly seen on the wing or on fence posts next to roads.

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Daytime

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Throughout Scotland, regularly seen on the wing or on fence posts next to roads.

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