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Forest Buzzard

Buteo trizonatus

The forest buzzard (Buteo trizonatus), is a species of bird of prey found in Africa, though some authorities have placed it as a subspecies of another species, the mountain buzzard, Buto oreophilus. This is a resident breeding species in woodlands in southern and eastern South Africa. The forest buzzard is very similar to the abundant summer migrant steppe buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus, the head, the back and upperwings are brown, marked out with rufous edges to the feathers the amount of which varies between individuals. The chin is whitish and unmarked, the breast and belly are whitish but marked with a variable amount of brown spots, and the undertail coverts are plain whitish. There is variation and some adults show brown barring along the breast sides and the belly while all but the palest birds show a distinctive white ā€˜Uā€™ mark in the middle of the otherwise blotched abdomen. The underwings are white, with a reddish-brown tinge on the lesser underwing coverts and a dark comma shaped mark at the tip of primary coverts . The plumage on the thighs are uniformly reddish-brown, and the axillary feathers are white with brown barring. The upper tail is brown, washed with reddish-brown and the tail has some narrow dark brown bands with a broad dark brown subterminal band while the undertail bands can be indistinct.
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Wilma du Plooy
Monday 18 Sep 2023 - 3:47pm
South Africa
A photo of a Forest Buzzard photographed in  South Africa
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Lurine P
Saturday 16 Sep 2023 - 3:45pm
South Africa
A photo of a Forest Buzzard photographed in School Rocks South Africa
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Aart Verrips
Saturday 16 Sep 2023 - 8:34am
South Africa
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Aart Verrips
Saturday 16 Sep 2023 - 8:06am
South Africa
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