(Last Updated on : 14-09-2015)
Long-Legged Buzzard is an Indian bird
that bears a scientific name "Buteo rufinus
", considered as the bird of prey. Long-legged buzzard falls in the Buteo genus. It is similar in appearance to the rough-legged buzzard, but it is larger and more robust.
Structure of Long-Legged Buzzard
Long-legged buzzard is one of the largest species of Buteo. The length of long-legged buzzard can range from 50 to 66 cm and wingspan from 115 to 160 cm. Females, at an average mass of 1.3 kilogram, are larger than males, at an average of 1.1 kg.
Colours of Long-Legged Buzzard
Long-Legged Buzzards are of many different colour forms, but usually long-legged, have a clear orange tint to the plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white under wings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to the wing. The rump and trousers are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark ones. Some plumages are almost similar to those of the steppe buzzard, the eastern subspecies of the common buzzard, but long-legged buzzards have longer wings and are more like rough-legged buzzards or even a small Aquila eagle.
Concentration of Long-Legged Buzzard
Long-Legged Buzzard inhabits dry open plains of northern Africa, south-eastern Europe, west and central Asia east to China and across central Indian state- Madhya Pradesh
. Recent sightings indicate that there is a small population in the Apulian region of south-eastern Italy. Open, uncultivated areas, with high bushes, trees, cliffs or hillocks are favoured as nesting areas.
Breeding Season of Long-Legged Buzzard
The younger birds of Long-Legged Buzzard family disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe. The breeding population in Greece is around 60 pairs.
Prey of Long-Legged Buzzard
Long-Legged Buzzard feeds mostly on small rodents, although it will also take lizards, snakes, small birds and large insects.