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buzzard

buzzard

[buhz-erd]
buzzard, common name for hawks of the genus Buteo and the genus Pernis, or honey buzzard, of the Old World family Accipitridae. Honey buzzards feed on insects, wasp and bumblebee larvae, and small reptiles. The name buzzard is also incorrectly applied to various hawks and New World vultures, such as the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) and the black vulture (Coragyps atratus) of the family Cathartidae. Buzzards are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Falconiformes, family Accipitridae.
A buzzard is one of several large birds, but there are a number of meanings as detailed below.

In the Old World

Buzzard can mean:

  • One of several medium-sized, wide-ranging raptors with a robust body and broad wings.
  • In particular, those in the genus Buteo. In the Old World, members of this genus are named as "buzzards", but "hawk" is more common in North America.
  • Specifically, in Europe, the Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, where Buzzard is often used as a synonym.
  • Any raptor which has the word buzzard as part of its name.

In the New World

Buzzard can mean:

The Old World and New World uses are almost antonyms.

Buteo species

Other species known as "buzzard"

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