How do you tell a male buzzard from a female buzzard?

Male and female buzzard generally look the same although females weigh as much as 1.3 kilograms; males tend to weigh less and as such are the more efficient hunters and fliers.

The Andean Condor is the only member of the buzzard family where there is a distinct difference between the males and females. The males have a large white comb and wattle where these are absent in the female buzzard.

Common buzzard (Buteo buteo) is one of the most common raptor species in Europe. It s a medium to large bird of prey, whose range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia. There are around 40,000 breeding pairs in Britain. It is usually resident all year except in the coldest parts of its range, and in the case of one subspecies.

It is typically between 51-57 cm in length with a 110 to 130 cm (48-60 inch) wingspan, making it a medium-sized raptor.

This broad-winged raptor has a wide variety of plumages, and in Europe can be confused with the similar Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) and the only distantly related Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), which mimics the Common Buzzard's plumage for a degree of protection from Goshawks. The plumage can vary in Britain from almost pure white to black, but is usually shades of brown, with a pale 'necklace' of feathers.

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