Rough-legged Buzzard
Buteo lagopus

– medium-sized Raptor, marginally larger than Common Buzzard
– diurnal migrant, prefers over-land routes
– migrates singly or few individuals together


Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, AD F
BIF1342, 05/03/2012, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
diagnostic dark brown carpal patch contrasting to paler underwing coverts (all plumages) -> Common Buzzard

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, AD F
BIF1343, 05/03/2012, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
same as BIF1342, note F tail pattern: one distinct broad black subterminal band, rather uniform brown belly

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 1CY
BIF1344, 30/10/2011, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
an unusual dark 1CY individual showing an extensive brown belly and comparatively strong marked underwing coverts

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 1CY
BIF1342, 30/10/2011, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
same as BIF1344

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1346, 30/04/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
most typical 2CY (JUV plumage), contrasting dark-brown belly, poorly marked underwing coverts, sparsely marked tail, wing with only narrow dusky trailing edge, barring of secondaries is confined to the distal part -> 1CY Long-legged Buzzard

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1347, 30/04/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
rather dark body, rather slender wings and long tail in comparison to AD

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1348, 30/04/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
note typical contrast between solid dark-brown belly-patch and paler breast and head

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1349, 20/05/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1350, 30/04/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
note different proportion of this circling bird in comparison to BIF1349 in straight flight

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1430, 17/01/2015, Shirvan National Park, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
fanned, pale tail with only diffusely bars of hovering birds is diagnostic in JUV plumage

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo l. lagopus, 2CY
BIF1430, 17/01/2015, Shirvan National Park, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
same as 1430, light secondaries with barrings confined to tips, contrasting dark carpal patch and unmarked underwing coverts are even recognisable at greater distance

voice: usually nonvocal during migration

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

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