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Archer's Buzzard - BirdForum Opus

Buteo archeri

Identification

50–55 cm

  • Chestnut underparts
  • White throat with black streaks

Immature birds have white underparts and a barred tail.

Similar Species

Augur Buzzard has a white breast.

Distribution

Eastern Africa: found in the highlands of northern Somalia

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

It's sometimes included as subspecies or even as colour morph in Augur Buzzard.

Habitat

Mountains and adjacent savanna and grassland.

Behaviour

Breeding

It builds a large stick nest in a tree or on a crag, and 2 creamy or bluish white eggs are laid and incubated by the female for about 40 days.

Diet

The diet includes small ground mammals, snakes, lizards, small ground birds, insects, and road-kill.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Thread in the Taxonomy Forum discussing the relationships of Archer's Buzzard and Augur Buzzard
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive
  4. Wikipedia

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