Buteo buteo trizonatus
Knysna, Cape Province.
Closely related to B. buteo and B. brachypterus and their relatives (which see) and possibly also to B. jamaicensis and B. ventralis. Has been considered conspecific with B. buteo#R. Until recently was considered conspecific with B. oreophilus, but differs in its unstreaked vs streaked chin and throat (2); plain white band across breast vs all-streaked breast (2); weaker (non-existent) terminal tailband (2); plain white vs dark-spotted undertail-coverts (ns); rufous tones in various parts of plumage including back and tail, tarsal feathering and wing-coverts (ns); slightly smaller size (effect size for bill −1.94, score 1) (see further published details#R#R). Has occasionally been referred to as B. tachardus, but that is a nomen nudum. Monotypic.
S & E South Africa (breeding only in Western Cape and Eastern Cape).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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