Long-legged Buzzard

      Buteo rufinus

      Information

      The Long-legged Buzzard looks like an eagle due to its size and long wings splayed out at the end and often raised in V-shape. Although very variable, its plumage is mostly characterised by beige and rufous to rust brown shades. In dry, open landscapes, the Long-legged Buzzard often spies from posts, pylons and low vantage points.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      irregular visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      resident to long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      50-61
      wing span (cm)
      130-150
      Weight (g)
      600-1750
      Nest site
      crevices, trees
      Food
      small mammals, reptiles, insects
      Group
      Hawks, Vultures and Eagles
      Habitat
      farmland, alpine habitats