Buzzard

This species underwent a rapid population recovery in the UK in the early 1990s due to reduced persecution in the countryside and a recovery in its principal prey species – the rabbit. As a result of this national population recovery, the Buzzard colonised Edinburgh during the last decade. Although a rare resident breeding species in Edinburgh, Buzzards are now regularly seen over central Edinburgh and there are a few tree nests in city suburbs and parks. Our knowledge of this species in Edinburgh is poor but with your help we can track the status of the population in Edinburgh. If you have seen this species in Edinburgh please report your sighting on Sightings in Edinburgh page.

Buzzards in flight can be recognised by their large size, broad, rounded wings (usually with the feathers spread to show 'fingers') and short, rounded tail.

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See the RSPB web site for more information on identification and ecology.