Buzzards are extremely interesting birds of prey. This guide to Buzzards will talk about the life style of a Buzzard and how they breed and hunt.
What a Buzzard Looks like
Buzzards are birds of prey with brown feathers and yellow legs. On average Buzzards are about two feet in size with a wingspan of approximately four feet. You can also recognise a Buzzard due to its distinctive call which sounds like the mew of a cat. Because Buzzards are built for hunting they have a hooked beak, sharp talons and excellent eyesight.
Buzzards are not that fussy about where they live, but they do like to have some open land nearby so they can hunt for food. You can find buzzards living in the warmer climates of Europe and their favourite countries are Britain, France and Germany. Buzzards are the most common birds of prey in Britain and they can live in open hills, farmland, rocky coastlines and woodland clearings.
Buzzards enjoy hunting alone or in pairs, they are not scavengers but you will see them eating carrion occasionally. Buzzards will choose to hunt in open areas where it is easy to spot prey, they will catch and eat pheasants, lizards, snakes, insects and rabbits.
Buzzards on average have a lifespan of approximately eight years. They are extremely independent birds and will battle other buzzards over territory.
Woodland areas are the best for breeding Buzzards. The male Buzzard will perform an intricate aerial ritual to lure in the female and tell her that there is a nest nearby. Buzzards will mate for life and each season the female Buzzard will lay two or three eggs. Incubation lasts about five weeks and both parents will be responsible for caring for their young in the first 6 to 8 weeks of life.
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