Key information: The Long-legged Buzzard is a large bird of prey with long wings. It has a characteristic rufous plumage, especially on the tail and on the head. When in flight, it can be identified by the prominent black carpal patches, one on each underwing. Unlike the Honey Buzzard, the bars on the underwings are very thin. It is the only buzzard species that breeds in Cyprus. It nests on cliffs or tall trees.
Length: 50 – 58 cm | Wingspan: 130 – 155 cm
Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Reptiles, rodents
In Cyprus: Can be seen at Ezousa Valley, Diarizos Valley, Akamas Peninsula, Asprokremmos Dam and Evretou Dam
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis