French: Buse rounoir German: Felsenbussard Spanish: Busardo augur meridional
J. R. Forster
South Africa, S & C Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland; marginal in extreme S Mozambique and extreme SW Botswana.
45–55 cm; male 865–1080 g, female 1150–1695 g; wingspan 127–143 cm. Large, heavy Buteo, with proprtionately smaller, more pointed head but... read more
Vocalizes year-round but mainly during high-circling displays, a sharp, high-pitched, jackal-like... read more
Open steppe and grassland, mostly above 1000 m and especially in hilly and mountainous terrain to... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small mammals up to size of young hyrax (Procavia capensis) and mongeese, but mainly rodents; ground-feeding birds to size... read more
Laying May–Nov (peak varying regionally, Aug–Sept in Transvaal, Jul–Sept in Natal). Usually monogamous, but apparently... read more
No regular movements described and many pairs considered to be wholly sedentary (e.g. one female... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common, at one bird/62 km on road transects through karooid steppe, and at densities of one pair/17–30 km2 in... read more
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