Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Special Birds: Long-legged Buzzard

In Europe Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus is very much a bird of the Balkans. It is a fairly common breeder in lowland areas in Romania and Bulgaria. The furthest north and west it breeds is in eastern Hungary. In late summer some birds disperse and wander and can then be seen in non-breeding areas. There is great variation in Long-legged Buzzard plumages and often an overlap in colour with Common Buzzards, but most birds in the region are rufous morphs with pale unbarred tails. Photo by Gabor Kovacs, Hortobagy, Hungary.

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