Augur Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus)

Appearance
The Augur Buzzard is a large bird, 24" (60cm), with an even larger wingspan of 54" (137cm). Two distinct colour variations occur in Kenya, one a dark form and the other light.
Light forms have an all white throat, breast and belly and white undernearth, save the tips of wings, which are dark.
Dark forms are mostly black all over, save the intermediate parts of the undersides of their wings.
Both birds show white at the base of the flight feathers and reddish tails.
Males have white throats, females black.

Habits
Augur Buzzards hover for long periods, hardly moving their wings. Seen solitary, or in pairs, they often perch on top of posts or isolated trees.

Diet
Augur Buzzards favourite food is Reptiles, followed by small Mammals and other Birds.

Resident
Augur Buzzards are common residents of Highland forest edges and cultivated areas in the west half of Kenya.

Extra Facts
A large nest, up to 39" (90cm) across, is made out of sticks. This is reused time and again in future breeding seasons. A pair of eggs are laid and incubated by the female, while the male dutifully feeds her. It takes up to 6 weeks for the eggs to hatch and a further 8 weeks before fledging.

Photographs
Photographed in Nairobi National Park.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:augur buzzard, bird, buzzard, kenya, wildlife

Augur Buzzard ~ Perched in Acacia

Sub-adult Augur Buzzard, showing blotched brown on undersides.

Augur Buzzard ~ Sub-Adult

Sub-adult Augur Buzzard, perched on top of an Acacia bush in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

Augur Buzzard ~ In Flight

Sub-adult Augur Buzzard, in flight, showing upper-parts markings and colours.