• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Grey-faced Buzzard - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle

Photo by jasnjohn
Photographed on Langkawi, Malaysia
Butastur indicus


41–48 cm (16-19 in)

  • Cream colored supercilium
  • Greyish cheeks
  • White throat with black mesial stripe
  • Greyish-brown head


Eastern Asia.
Breeds in the Russian Far East in Ussuriland and Amurland, in north-eastern China from Heilungkiang to south-east Liaoning and Hopeh, Korea and in Japan from Honshu to Kyushu.

Winters in eastern and southern China south to Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, common in northern Borneo and Sumatra but rare on Java.


This is a monotypic species1.

Photo by petitebouquet
Photographed at gifu pref, Japan


Open woodland and scrub up to 1,500m. Often occurs near rivers and paddyfields on passage



They often hunt from a high perch. Their main diet consists of frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents, insects and possibly birds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. BF Member observations

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1