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Light brown head edged with white, broad brown moustachial streak, white patch on nape, light brown edged with pale rufous upperparts, the upper-tail coverts has white spots, brown tail, its central feathers being mottled along shafts with white and with two or three darker bars at the tip, rufous-white underparts, upper breast, flanks and sides are blotched with brown, the thighs are brown with pale bars. The eyes are buff, white, or golden, the legs and feet yellow to grey yellow, with tarsus feathered 3/4 way down.
 Similar species
Long-legged Buzzard does not have feathers on nearly as much of the tarsi.
This species is monotypic.
High country, steppe or open plains, mountains and desert throughout its range.
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