Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Red-necked Buzzard (Buteo auguralis)


French: Buse d’Afrique German: Salvadoribussard Spanish: Busardo cuellirrojo

Buteo auguralis


, 1865,





Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Sudan, South Sudan and W Ethiopia, and S to SW DRCongo and NW Angola; outside breeding season, occurs farther N in Sahel zone.

Descriptive notes

35–40 cm; male 525–620 g, female 580–890 g. Sexes differ only in size, with female averaging 7% larger in size and 31% heavier. Mid-sized Buteo;... read more


Considered to louder and shriller than B. buteo, giving a ringing "peee-ah" in... read more


Forest edge and tall broad-leaved woodlands, including agricultural clearings and secondary forest... read more

Food and feeding

Wide range of small animals: vertebrates predominate by weight, including rodents, snakes, chameleons and lizards, also small birds, crabs... read more


Laying Jan–Apr in W & NE Africa; Oct in Zaire and W Angola, but just-fledged young also collected early Sep. Rocking and swooping... read more


Regular annual N–S migration in W Africa of up to 1000 km, moving S in late Sept–early... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally common. Ability to move in conjunction with suitable habitat conditions during both breeding and non breeding... read more

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Red-necked Buzzard (Buteo auguralis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).