The Balkans Long-Legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus rufinus) is a large bird of prey, and a raptor. It is related to the Common Buzzard and the Steppe Buzzard.
The Balkans Long-Legged Buzzard can be varied in colour from light to dark, although it usually has orange-tinted feathers with dark lines, a red or orange tail, a pale head and white underwings.
It grows to 50-66 centimetres (20-26 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 115-160 centimetres (45-63 inches).
The Long-Legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) is native to northern Africa, south-eastern Europe, western Asia, Central Asia, China, and the centre of India. The Balkans Long-Legged Buzzard is native to the Balkans, Central Asia, India, and Mongolia. In the winter, it migrates to warmer weather in northern Africa.
The Long-Legged Buzzard eats small rodents, such as mice and rats. It also eats lizards, snakes, small birds, and insects.
[Location of photographs: Tashkent Zoo, Uzbekistan]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM