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Augur Buzzard - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by John Dempsey
Spitzkoppen Namibia, Oct 2004

Includes Archer's Buzzard

Buteo augur


Length 48–60 cm (19-23½ in)

  • White belly and chest, speckled grey
  • Dark slate-grey body
  • Rufous tail feathers
  • Yellow beak grey tipped


  • Upper parts brown with buff marking
  • Brown-streaked white underparts
  • Greyish tail below with light barring
  • Full adult plumage is attained at about 18 months.


The subspecies archeri is described as having Chestnut underside but is somewhat variable.


East Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and eastern Zaire to Namibia and Zimbabwe.


This species is closely related to Jackal Buzzard B. rufofuscus.


Two subspecies are recognized[4].

  • B. a. augur:
  • B. a. archeri:


Prefers mountainous and hilly habitats, but also found in open woodland, savanna and grassland.


Photo © by steinn
Kifufu, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, April 2000


Their diet consists mainly of lizards, snakes and small birds; small mammals and insects are also eaten.


They build a large stick nest on a cliff or sometimes a tall tree. Two eggs are incubated mostly by the female for 39-45 days; the second egg hatches about a day after the first. The younger chick is usually killed by its sibling within a few days. The surviving chick fledges after about 30 days and the nestling period is about 50 days.


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  1. Gibbon, G. 2002. Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa: Version 3. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. www.sabirding.co.za
  2. Oregon Zoo Animals: Augur Buzzard
  3. Thread in the Taxonomy Forum discussing the relationships of Archer's Buzzard and Augur Buzzard
  4. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  5. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  6. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)

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