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Long-legged Buzzard
Buteo rufinus

Map of the common names


Colour pattern like Buzzard (Buteo buteo), but smaller-sized (L 60 cm). Favoured breeding areas are open, uncultivated areas, with trees, high bushes cliffs, or hillocks for nesting. Food is diverse, including lizards, snakes, small birds and large insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The breeding population in the EU is about 60 pairs. The major threats are the species' small popualtion, the loss and deterioration of feeding and breeding habitat and disturbances at nesting sites. Furthermore, visible nests in isolated trees are often destroyed by local people.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : about 50 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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