Rough-legged Buzzard

It breeds on cliffs, slopes or in trees, laying about four eggs, but more in good lemming years. It hunts over open land, eating small mammals and carrion. This species, along with the Osprey, is one of the few large birds of prey to hover regularly.

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The Rough-legged Buzzard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

An adult Rough-legged Buzzard has an average weight of 1,026 g, a wingspan of 134 cm, and an average total length of 53 cm. The female is typically larger than the male. The Rough-legged Buzzard has eight different morphs that vary with sex, age, and location. Both sexes exhibit both light and dark morphs, and colouration varies between juveniles and adults. References - * BirdLife International (2004). Buteo lagopus. 2006. More

The Rough-legged Buzzard, says the accurate Macgillivray, may, like certain other bipeds, notwithstanding his boots and whiskers, be really less ferocious than he seems to be. This qualifying remark, however, it must be noted, is made with reference to a claim put forth in behalf of the character of this bird, to rescue it from the sweeping condemnation under which the preceding species has in like manner fallen. More

In: Rough-legged Buzzard Ca: Aligot calçat Da: Fjeldvåge De: Raufußbussard Es: Busardo calzado Fi: piekana Fr: Buse pattue It: Poiana calzata Nl: Ruigpootbuizerd No: Fjellvåk Pt: Bútio-calçado Sv: Fjällvråk US: Rough-legged Hawk Ru: Зимняк Bird News Extra subscribers should log in to view an enhanced species page. This page contains reader comments. Click here to view (latest Sun 13/04/08 16:12). More

Rough-legged Buzzard at Oostvaardersplassen - Kleine Praambu... nexianrider — 2 janvier 2008 — Video made while birdspotting on January 2nd, 2008. Rough-legged Buzzard at Oostvaardersplassen - Kleine Praambult (The Netherlands). Video gemaakt tijdens vogels kijken op 2 januari 2008. Ruigpootbuizerd te Oostvaardersplassen - Kleine Praambult. More

Nice photo of this Rough-legged Buzzard in flight. Good sharpness and natural colours. Excellent composition. More

The rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus) is an uncommon visitor to Britain which has never bred here - The rough-legged buzzard is difficult to distinguish from pale forms of the common buzzard, but the most distinctive features are the white tail with a well defined terminal bar, dark carpal patches and black patch on the belly. In flight the wings and tail are longer than the resident species. It soars and glides with wings held higher, and often hovers. More

The Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) is a medium to large bird of prey. It is also called the Rough-legged Hawk in North America. It is typically between 50 to 60 centimeters long with a 130 cm wingspan. The breeding range is northernmost Europe, Asia, and North America, though it migrates further south in winter. It breeds on cliffs, slopes or in trees, laying about four eggs, but more in good lemming years. More

rough-legged buzzard to the marshes, the first in Lancashire since 1995, but typically that most elusive of winter visitors was nowhere to be seen as I pushed on through the wet grass. More

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. More

No more roads should be built in Rough-legged Buzzard habitat to avoid collision and disturbance. Status IUCN/Birdlife Least Concern (LC) Status Global Raptor Information Network Lower risk References - Global Raptor Information Network. 2009. Species account: Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus. Downloaded from on 5 Jul. 2009 Mebs, Theodor & Schmidt, Daniel (2006). Die Greifvögel Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens. Kosmos Verlag. More

Rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus) is closely related to buzzard. Rough-legged buzzard nests only in northern Finland, first of all in Fjeld and Forest Lappland. Its life is strongly dependent on the population dynamics of small mammals. When moles and lemmings are abundant, usually after every 3-5 years, are rough-legged buzzards doing well and reproducing effectively. And when it More

We knew that some Rough-legged Buzzards were seen in Honshu (the main island of Japan) in winter these days. But we had never thought that we could really see a Rough-legged Buzzard around the Tokyo Bay area. So we were half in doubt when we got the information about the Rough-legged Buzzard of the pictures above that they saw flying over the grassland at Haneda Airport.. But it was true, though it was so far that we could not take a clear picture. More

this year, looking for Rough-legged Buzzards, but in vain. This time, however, I was surprised to see an adult male hunting mice in the same patch as that where a few years before the country's second Long-legged Buzzard B. rufinus had been found. Rough-legged Buzzard - Ruigpootbuizerd Buteo lagopus adult male; videograbs (320x). More

Rough-legged buzzard in flight - Graham Catley Frosty hedgerow - Graham Catley Bird illustrations by Mike Langman More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Buteo
Species : lagopus
Authority : (Pontoppidan, 1763)