Accipitriformes – Eagles, Buzzards, Birds of prey

 

Accipitriformes – Eagles, Buzzards, Birds of prey

Accipitriformes – Eagles, Buzzards, Birds of prey
Common buzzard – Buteo buteo

The Common buzzard is a very common bird in Hungary as it’s name suggests. There are more than thousand pair of buzzards nests in Hungary, and wintertime some others come from the neighboring countries. The buzzard is an average sized birds of prey, it’s size is 50-55cm, and has a wingspan of 110-130cm. The buzzard mainly eats rodents on the plain areas and plow lands. In winter many buzzards can be seen next to main roads, waiting for run over animals.

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo Accipitriformes - Eagles, Buzzards, Birds of prey

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Goshawk – Accipiter gentilis

The Goshawk is a very powerful bird of prey. An average sized birds of prey, but can hunt for prey up to adult rabbit size. The Goshawk is similar to the Sparrowhawk but bigger. The Female is usually bigger than the male. The Goshawk has a distinctive longer tail compare to the body size, and smaller more roundish wings.

Goshawk - Accipiter gentilis

Goshawk – Accipiter gentilis

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Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus

The Sparrowhawk is a smaller sized birds of prey. The Sparrowhawk is smaller than a rook. It’s very common than the Rook chasing the Sparrowhawk in the sky. The Sparrowhawk mainly eats small birds.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Northern harrier – Circus cyaneus

The Northern harrier is mainly a winter visitor in Hungary. The Northern Harrier males has blueish colour, while the females are brownish.

Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus

Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus

Western Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus

The Wester Marsh Harrier is a huge slim bird, usually much bigger than the Buzzard for example. Usually flies near to the ground or water soaring for prey.

Western Marsh harrier Circus Aeruginosus female

Western Marsh harrier Circus Aeruginosus female

Western marsh harrier circus aeruginosus male

Western marsh harrier circus aeruginosus male


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