Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests


Buteo lagopus
Rough-legged Buzzard


Rough-legged Buzzard Distinguishing Features - Feathered down the legs to the tops of its feet, it has a variety of color phases from dark melanistic to light. In all color phases there is a very dark band across the chest, and black patches on the underside of the wrist. A white patch at the base of the tail is a good field characteristic.


Breeds in the arctic tundra from Alaska through Canada and into northern Scandinavia, Russia and Siberia; is seen in the northern U.S. during the winter; hunts over agricultural fields, marshes and grasslands; typically hovers while searching for prey. Nests are built of sticks on cliff ledges and when available in the tops of trees.


Primarily small rodents such as mice and lemmings.


Known in North America as a Rough-legged Hawk, it is similar in appearance and size to a Red-tailed Hawk.

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