CREATURE FEATURE: Augur Buzzard

The Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur) is an African raptor; a bird of prey.

The Augur Buzzard has black upperparts with a rufous (red-brown) tail. Its flight feathers are black and off-white (with black bars, or bands). The throat is mainly white, and the underparts and underwings are white. It has a grey beak with a yellowish cere. Its eyes are black. Its legs are creamy-yellow.

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

 

It grows to about 60 centimetres (23.5 inches) tall.

The Augur Buzzard prefers mountainous regions, grasslands, and savannahs.

The diet of the augur buzzard is mainly small mammals, but it will also eat snakes, lizards, birds, and insects. It drops on its prey from a perch and grabs it with its strong claws (talons).

Their nest is large and built on a tree branch. It is up to one metre (39 inches) wide. It is made of sticks and is often re-used each year. Females lay 2 creamy-white or bluish-white eggs. Only the female sits on the eggs until they hatch after about 40 days. Chicks will get their flight feathers after about 56–60 days; then they can fly.

 

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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