Gray-faced Buzzard

Butastur indicus

Order

ACCIPITRIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Gray-faced Buzzard has a fairly large breeding range of nearly 2 million square kilometers. It breeds in southeastern Russia, northeastern China, the Korean peninsula, and Japan, and winters in much of southern China, Taiwan, and the Ryuku Islands south to Indonesia. This raptor uses a variety of forested and semi-open habitats. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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Overview

Gray-faced Buzzard: Medium hawk with rufous in long wings, gray head, black malar, stripe and white throat. Brown above, red-brown breast, and bars on white belly. Long, gray-brown tail with black bands. Female larger than male. Juvenile brown above, white eyebrow, lacks rufous in wing, more uniform tail, brown streaks on white underparts.

 

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Gray-faced Buzzard SONGS AND CALLS

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Voice Text

"whick-awee", "pik-wee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Gray-faced Buzzards are not actually buzzards; rather, they are part of the hawk family.
  • Large migratory flocks have been recorded. The highest count in one day was 3,126 birds on March 15, 2008.
  • They are also known as the Gray-faced Buzzard-hawk and the Frog Hawk.
  • A group of hawks is collectively known as, an "aerie, "eyass", a "boil", "brace", "brood", "cast", "couple", "eyrie","eyry", "flight", "kettle", "knot", "lease", "leash", "mews", "moulting", "nest", "pair", "stooping", "schizophrenia", "screw", "soar", "souse", "spiraling", "stream", "swarm", "swooping", and a "tower" of hawks.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X