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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

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The Buzzard is one of the commonest birds of prey here in the UK. It can often be seen soaring on the thermals, usually in the company of several other Buzzards. it is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V'. It is variable in colour from all dark brown to birds with pale heads and breasts, all have dark wingtips and an unbanded tail.
When breeding it likes trees with hilly crags and plenty of open farm or moorland upon which to feed. Its main diet consists of small mammals, birds and carrion.
Greatest numbers are to be found in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and SW England.
It can be found all year round and has a loud 'mewing' call - 'pee-uuu'

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