Eastern Buzzard

Eastern Buzzard

Summary:

Profile Eastern Buzzard
[Authority] Temminck et Schlegel, 1844 | [group] Kites, hawks and eagles | [order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo japonicus | [UK] Eastern

[Authority] Temminck et Schlegel, 1844 | [group] Kites, hawks and eagles | [order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo japonicus | [UK] Eastern Buzzard | [FR] Buse variable | [DE] Japanbussard | [ES] Busardo Oriental | [NL] Oostelijke Buizerd | copyright picture

copyright: Kugayama Sanjin

Eastern Buzzard usually has dark brown upperparts. Underparts are paler, almost white, with brown and reddish streaks on belly. the lower breast collar, is less distinct than in the Eurasian Buzzard. Primaries are darkish, carpal spots smaller than B. buteo but obvious.

It frequents all types of forests, as in the country or in mountains, but always close to open area.

It feeds on small and medium-sized mammals (rodents, voles, mice, rats, young rabbits and hares?), also birds (up to size of pigeons, pheasants and partridges), reptiles, amphibians and insects.


This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International. [conservation status from birdlife.org]


No data

Partial migrant, with the most northern breeding populations wintering in more southerly areas

Specification

  1. Measurements
  2. spanwidth min.: 58 cm
  3. spanwidth max.: 62 cm
  4. size min.: 40 cm
  5. size max.: 46 cm
  6. Breeding
  7. incubation min.: 20 days
  8. incubation max.: 23 days
  9. fledging min.: 65 days
  10. fledging max.: 23 days
  11. broods 1
  12. eggs min.: 3
  13. eggs max.: 6
  14. Conservation Status

Subspecies

  1. Buteo japonicus oshiroi
  2. Daito Is. (s Japan)
  3. Buteo japonicus toyoshimai
  4. Izu and Bonin Is. (s Japan)
  5. Buteo japonicus japonicus
  6. c and ne Asia to Japan
  7. Buteo japonicus
  8. OR c, s Siberia, Mongolia, ne China, Japan
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