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Long-legged buzzard


(Buteo rufinus)

The long-legged buzzard has a pale-rusty body and bright light cream-colored tail and head. Darker specimen also occur, but they also preserve the ruddiness on their head and the pale lower half of the wings.

The nests of this species are located on sites which are comparatively hardly accessible – rock niches and faces along the river valleys of canyons, gorges, gullies and others. Differing from the common buzzard it avoids the trees. The rocks it inhabits provide optimal visibility to the habitats of rodents, amphibians and reptiles – its main prey.

These excellent hunters grow 3-4 chicken each year. They leave the nests by the middle of July.



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