French: Busard pâle German: Steppenweihe Spanish: Aguilucho papialbo
S. G. Gmelin
Breeds from Finland, Ukraine and SW Russia E to L Balkhash region, NW China and perhaps N Mongolia; irregularly farther W, to Sweden, Germany and Netherlands; has bred in Turkey. Migrates mainly to Africa S of Sahara, and to region from Pakistan, India, Maldives#R and Sri Lanka E to Myanmar.
40–48 cm; male 235–416 g, female 402–550 g; wingspan 100–121 cm. Male is very pale; only four primaries black. Female is similar to females of C.... read more
Little known. Fast, high chatter, “kik-ik-ik-ik-ik-ik...”, similar to that of C. pygargus... read more
During breeding, found mainly on natural grassy plains and dry steppes in flat or undulating... read more
Food and feeding
Small mammals and birds and, especially in winter quarters, large insects. Takes advantage of demographic explosions of rodents, feeding on... read more
Laying in May–Jun. Solitary or in loose colonies of 3–5 pairs, occasionally up to 30; sometimes with C. pygargus. May... read more
Migratory; a few may remain in S of breeding range. Small numbers make post-breeding movement to N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Suffering steep population decline in Europe, but numbers believed more stable in Asiatic strongholds... read more
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