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Archer's Buzzard - BirdForum Opus

Buteo archeri


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.


Eastern Africa: found in the highlands of northern Somalia


This is a monotypic species.

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


Mountains and adjacent savanna and grassland.



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.


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


  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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