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Red-necked Buzzard
Buteo auguralis

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Stable.

Other Names: African Red-tailed Buzzard, Red-tailed Buzzard.

Buteo auguralis
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Distribution: Afrotropical. SIERRA LEONE east to UGANDA and ETHIOPIA and south to northern ANGOLA; occurs in the Sahel zone in the non-breeding season. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Forms a superspecies with B. augur, although both taxa were formerly regarded as conspecific along with B. archeri.

Movements: Bildstein and Zalles (2005) characterized this species as a partial migrant, but it seems likely that at least the northern populations are completely migratory. In West Africa and Ethiopia, it is an intra-African migrant, moving from wooded savanna in the north in the wet season (May to June) to forest edge in the south in the dry season (October to November) to breed (Borrow and Demey 2001, Ash and Atkins 2009). more....

Habitat and Habits: Prefers forest edges and clearings, including secondary and primary forests. Also occurs in cultivated areas. Absent from large tracts of lowland rainforest. Usually found singly.

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small animals, including insects, reptiles, and mammals. Forages from a perch or soaring, diving to the ground in pursuit of prey.

Breeding: Builds a stick nest placed in the upper fork of a large forest tree, or, in Ghana, on pylons (Grimes 1987). The same nest site may be used in successive years. Clutch size is 1-2 eggs. more....

Conservation: Locally common within its West African range. Its ability to move locally in response to changing conditions during both the breeding and non-breeding season offers considerable flexibility (Thiollay 2000). It is vulnerable to degadation of woodland, but it uses many secondary habitats and probably benefits from the cutting of rainforest (Thiollay op cit.). Categorized as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International.

Important References: 
Brown, L.H., E.K. Urban, and K. Newman. 1982. The birds of Africa. Vol. 1.
  Academic Press, London.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Kemp, A.C. 1994. Red-necked Buzzard. Pp. 188-189 in del Hoyo, J., A.
  Elliott, and J. Sargatal (eds). Handbook of birds of the world. Vol. 2. New
  World vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Kruckenhauser, L., E. Haring, W. Pinsker, M.J. Reising, H. Winkler, M.
  Wink, and A. Gamauf.
2003. Genetic versus morphological differentiation of
  Old World buzzards (genus Buteo; Accipitridae). Zoologica Scripta
Louette, M.. 1991. The Red-tailed Buzzards of Zaire. Bulletin of the
  British Ornithologists' Club 111:51-55.
Riesing, M.J., L. Kruckenhauser, A. Gamauf, and E. Haring. 2003. Molecular
  phylogeny of the genus Buteo (Aves: Accipitridae) based on mitochondrial
  marker sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 27:328-342.
Steyn, P. 1982. Birds of prey of southern Africa: their identification and
  life histories. David Phillip, Cape Town, South Africa.
Thiollay, J.-M. (compiler). 2000. Buteo auguralis Red-necked Buzzard. Pp.
  35-36 in G.H. Verdoorn, K.L. Bildstein, and S. Ellis (eds.),
  Selected African Falconiformes conservation assessment and management plan.
  IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Apple Valley,

Last modified: 2/17/2011

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