Common Buzzard
Buteo buteo

– medium-sized raptor
– diurnal migrant, prefers over-land routes
– migrates singly or in very loose flocks
– at migration bottlenecks several hundreds to thousands may flock


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1352, 01/07/2010, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
dark intermediate morph, dark iris, remiges with broad dark tips, rather uniform brown upperside typical for AD


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1353, 01/07/2010, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
same as BIF1352, note missing 4th primary during regular moult, giving impression of ‘too narrow’ hand


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1354, 10/12/2010, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, wing with broad dark trailing edge, barred body and underwing coverts, comparatively short tail (slender in straight flight) typical for AD


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1355, 14/06/2013, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
dark morph, underside with typical barring of AD, tail with broad dark terminal band, wing with dark trailing edge


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1356, 28/04/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1357, 20/04/2011, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, short tail typical for AD


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1358, 27/02/2012, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 2CY
BIF1359, 07/04/2011, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, pale eye, streaked lower chest and belly, long tail typical for 1CY


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1360, 25/02/2011, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
light morph, unmarked underwing coverts and belly, typical short tail, comma instead of broad carpal patch, uneven trailing edge in comparison to 1CY


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
BIF1406, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
intermediate morph, note dark carpal patch contrasting to paler underwing coverts resembles -> Rough-legged Buzzard, but too strong dark head and body marks, different tail pattern


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1407, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
typical AD dark morph


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
BIF1408, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
intermediate morph, pale iris, wing with less distinct dusky trailing edge


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
BIF1409, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
intermediate morph, note typical streaked (1CY) rather than barred (AD) chest and belly


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 2CY
BIF1414, 16/01/2010, Greifswald, Germany, Michael Heiß
extremely pale light morph, typical tail and wing pattern lacking obvious broad terminal band/trailing edge


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
BIF1410, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
dark morph, rather slender wings, long tail, underside never as uniform as in -> 1CY European Honey Buzzard


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, probably AD
BIF1361, 07/09/2012, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
light morph, very disheveled looking due to active moult, at least 2 generations of AD remiges


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 2CY
BIF1362, 09/08/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze
light morph, growing inner primaries giving a narrow-handed impression


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1363, 11/02/2011, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
unusual dark-hooded light morph, wing with very broad dark trailing edge


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1411, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
light morph birds are much more difficult to age, dark eye and broad trailing edge suggest AD


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1412, 04/10/2014, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß
dark morph, note pale breast band


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, probably 2CY
BIF1413, 30/03/2014, Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, Michael Heiß
tail pattern suggests 2CY


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo
BIF1364, 28/03/2011, Erfurt, Germany, Mathias Putze


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, 2CY
BIF1365, 09/08/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze
note difference in size


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 2CY
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix X Carrion Crow Corvus corone
BIF1415, 16/01/2010, Greifswald, Germany, Michael Heiß
same as BIF1414


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
BIF1366, 20/03/2013, Hof, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, distinct broad trailing edge of wing and distinct terminal bar in tail typical for AD


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, AD
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, F
BIF1367, 14/10/2011, Wermsdorf, Germany, Mathias Putze
note full crop, similar to dark ssp. vulpinus due to very broad dark trailing edge of wing/terminal band of tail contrasting strongly to whitish proximal part of flight feathers


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
BIF1368, 30/10/2013, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
light intermediate morph, streaked breast, wing with dusky brown trailing edge


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo, 1CY
BIF1369, 03/10/2016, Wilsen, Germany, Roland Neumann
very slender-winged and long-tailed 1CY individual


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo
BIF1416, 04/10/2010, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß


Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo
BIF1417, 04/10/2010, Omoe, Denmark, Michael Heiß

voice: usually nonvocal during migration

comparison species:
European Honey Buzzard (v)
Crested Honey Buzzard (v)
Rough-legged Buzzard (v)
Long-legged Buzzard (v)
Upland Buzzard (v)

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