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Old Sunday 11th October 2015, 18:56   #1
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Eagle ID - Zimbabwe

Hi guys.... Sorry about the poor photo but can any of the raptor experts help me ID this bird ??
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Old Sunday 11th October 2015, 18:59   #2
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Seen in Central Zimbabwe on 10 Oct 2015
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Old Sunday 11th October 2015, 19:02   #3
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Steppe Buzzard, I think.
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Old Sunday 11th October 2015, 19:04   #4
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Steppe Buzzard, I think.
I think so too.
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I am very happy if this is the case!!
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No one actually splits it from Common Buzzard yet do they, not sure there's a move that way either?

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No one actually splits it from Common Buzzard yet do they, not sure there's a move that way either?

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No, Steppe Buzzards is considererd by everyone so far as a subspecies of Common Buzzard
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AFAIK, it's a forms polytypic subspecies Buteo buteo vulpinus with B. b. menetriesi. (from Clement 2015).
. Avibase shows that Clements 1.0 treated it as a separate species in the past.
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Old Monday 12th October 2015, 09:42   #10
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The Africans always call it Steppe though, rarely Common.......


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that's why we have trinomial scientific name, seems logical to call all the migrating palearctic Buzzards in Africa Steppe Buzzard
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Disappoints a lot of 'listers' though when they see it listed in SASOL (the most commonly used field guide) as Steppe Buteo vulpinus only to realise it's not a tick....not a full one anyway. SASOL does not indicate that it's simply a race.

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Disappoints a lot of 'listers' though when they see it listed in SASOL (the most commonly used field guide) as Steppe Buteo vulpinus only to realise it's not a tick....not a full one anyway. SASOL does not indicate that it's simply a race.

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that's confusing indeed
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Old Monday 12th October 2015, 13:44   #14
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Who's going to steppe forward and get them to correct it?
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Sounds like your up for it Nutty, we'll leave it to you.........:
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To everyone above, I want to say thanks.

I have learnt alot and Steppe Buzzard it is.... But they are not common around here!

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