Common buzzards are the most common bird of prey in the Netherlands with approximately 10.000 couples. If you drive through Holland, you'll find them all along the road on fences in the meadows. In the winter there are even more, because birds of Scandinavia drift to the South. Many stay in the Netherlands. They can often be recognized by their lighter plumage.
To identify other birds of prey, like Honey buzzards and Rough-legged buzzards, you have to be familiar with the Common buzzard.


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Common buzzard
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Bleiswijk, The Netherlands

Remarks:
Common buzzard
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Papendrecht, The Netherlands

Remarks: Airshow
Eating worms
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Drenthe, The Netherlands

Remarks: Eating worms
Common buzzard
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Buzzard on a pole
Spelen of niet?
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Air combat!
Common buzzard
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Papendrecht, The Netherlands

Remarks: Airshow
Bijzondere kleur
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: After all "just" a Common buzzard but the color made me hope for something special
Extreem blonde buizerd
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Blondy
Common buzzard
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Papendrecht, The Netherlands

Remarks: Airshow
Lichte buizerd
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Light plumaged buzzard
Blonde buizerd
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Chief buzzard
Luchtgevecht
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: Buteo buteo
Dutch name: Buizerd
Common name: Common buzzard
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Air show


Field characteristics

As with many birds of prey, females are much bigger than males. Buzzards are extremely variable in plumage and the most important characteristics are the white band on the chest (Majors chain) and the banded tail. Young birds have comma's on the wrists, while adults have larger spots.

Sound:

The sound is like the miaowing of a cat. Very cool to hear a couple calling each other while flying through a forest.


 

 

 

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