Did you know that common buzzards are not eagles but are often mistaken for eagles of red kites? Eagles are primarily black and appear bulkier than the common buzzards; buzzards are often brown. While common buzzards are found worldwide, eagles are more scarce.
Common buzzards, as the name suggests, are among the most commonly found birds. They are called different names, but the common scientific name is Buteo Buteo; they fall under class aves and genus Buteo.
- Common buzzards form a V shape when they fly.
- Contrary to popular belief, buzzards are not eagles. They are often mistaken for eagles or red kites.
- Common buzzards stomp their feet against the ground to attract earthworms so that they can eat them.
- Buzzards can live long lives, up to 25 years.
- Common buzzards are estimated to be about 2,000,000 to 4,000,000 mature individuals globally. Gamekeepers and declining prey have threatened the population, but they seem to have recovered just fine.
- Common buzzards are good hunters; they stalk their prey patiently and silently until they are sure before jumping in for the kill.