Common buzzard

Buteo Buteo

Common buzzard, photo: Arne Ader

A mostly brown bird of prey about the size of a raven. Their head is brown and the stump end of their beak is yellow; starting from the nostrils, however, it is black. The upper part of the common buzzard’s feet is light brown, while the lower part without feathers and the toes are yellow and the talons are black. Common buzzards are one of the most common birds of prey in Estonia. They mostly eat mice, but sometimes other smaller animals as well: passerines, ducks, and Galliformes. They can mostly be recognised by their wide wings when flying. Other buzzards and eagles have, in particular, a wide wingspan, but common buzzards simply have a wide wing area. Under protection (protection category III).