French: Buse féroce German: Adlerbussard Spanish: Busardo moro
upper Nubia, Shendi, Sennar and Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
B. r. rufinus
(Cretzschmar, 1829) – Northern Long-legged Buzzard – SE Europe, Turkey and Israel E through Transcaucasia, Iran, Afghanistan and C Asia to NW China, and S to N Pakistan and NW India (Kashmir); winters to NE Africa, Middle East, Pakistan and N India to Bangladesh.
B. r. cirtensis
(J. Levaillant, 1850) – Atlas Long-legged Buzzard –
N Africa from NW Mauritania to Egypt and (probably this race) Arabia; recently bred in S Spain (near Strait of Gibraltar)#R#R and Italy (Pantelleria I, between Sicily and Tunisia)#R.
43–62 cm; male 590–1281 g, female 945–1760 g; wingspan 112–160 cm. Polymorphic, with great variation, from dark morph through reddish morph to very... read more
Main call a loud plaintive mewing scream, “kyaaah”, c. 0·5–0·8 seconds long and dropping in pitch,... read more
Steppe, semi-desert, rocky or stony country; also open woodland or woods with clearings; from... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small mammals, e.g. gerbils (Meriones), rats, voles, young rabbits and hares, pikas; also reptiles, e.g. lizards (... read more
Lays mainly in Mar–Apr; from Jan in some coastal regions of Morocco. Nests on cliff ledges and crags, also in trees when available;... read more
N African cirtensis sedentary and dispersive, having reached Senegal on one occasion. It... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Population sizes and trends little known. In European Russia c. 1000 pairs estimated in early 1990s. Scarce in Balkans: in... read more
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