Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer)


French: Busautour pâle German: Malaienteesa Spanish: Busardo alirrufo
Other common names: Rufous-winged Buzzard-hawk

Falco liventer


, 1827,



Forms a species-group with B. rufipennis, B. teesa and B. indicus. Monotypic.


Myanmar and S China (SW Yunnan) S to Indochina; Java; Sulawesi. Reported occurrence in SE Borneo doubtful; old record from Timor of questionable validity.

Descriptive notes

35–41 cm; 336–340 g; wingspan 84–91 cm. Small, slim-bodied, buteo-like raptor with slim head, weak bill, long rufous wings, moderately long legs and medium-... read more


Both in flight and perched, gives a double-noted "pit-piu" or similar (many variants),... read more


Open country, dry dipterocarp woodland, wooded savanna and scrub; also near rivers, rice paddies... read more

Food and feeding

Small mammals, snakes, lizards, frogs, crabs and large insects. Hunts from exposed perch, making short flights to ground to capture prey... read more


Laying Feb–Mar/Apr in Java; probably Jun–Jul in Sulawesi. Relatively small stick nest built by pair in crown of large, solitary... read more


No information. Presumed to be largely sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Global population probably fewer than 10,000 individuals of all age classes. Throughout most of range thought to be fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Clark, W.S., Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer). 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 24 February 2020).