Augur Buzzard

Buteo augur

  • Classification: Bird
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30+ yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-20 yrs
  • Wingspan: 4-5 ft
  • Weight: 2-3 lbs
  • Range: Eastern Africa
  • Habitat: Open Savannah, highlands, cultivated land with adjacent mountains
    • Diet in the Wild: reptiles, small mammals, ground-dwelling birds, carrion, insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats

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This strikingly plumaged raptor is also known as the African red-tailed hawk, and occupies a similar ecological niche to that of our red-tails here in North America. Its name can be a source of confusion for Americans due to the varying uses of the word “buzzard”; in the New World, it denotes a carrion eating bird, while in Europe and Africa, it means hawk. Augurs are one of the highest-flying of all birds, preferring high- altitude habitats and frequently sighted soaring between 6,000 and 10,000 feet.

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