Black-breasted Buzzard

Adult birds are relatively easy to recognise by their mainly dark plumage combined with distinctive white patches on the wings at the bases of the primary feathers.

The Black-breasted Buzzard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Black-breasted Buzzard is a large dark raptor (bird of prey) with a very short, square-tipped tail. Long feathers on the nape may be raised in a short crest. White 'bull's eye' marks are seen under the wings, which are long and 'fingered' in flight. The breast is sandy-brown in light-phase birds or dark brown and black in the dark-phase. The tail is short and the wings are longer than the tail when the bird is perched. Females are larger than males. More

The Black-Breasted Buzzard is native to Australia and found mainly in the northern and central parts of the continent, living in the deserts, dry grasslands, shrublands, sparse tropical woodlands and tree-lined watercourses. It does not occur in Tasmania. Food - Black-Breasted Buzzards eat rabbits, large lizards, other birds and carrion. More

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The Black-breasted Buzzard is one of the larger Australian birds of prey, with a wingspan of up to 1.5 metres. The wings are noticeably long, relative to its body and its short square tail. In flight this species is also recognised by its black breast and the conspicuous white patches at the base of the black ‘fingered’ primaries. At rest, it has a reddish nape against the black face and back. More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Hamirostra
Species : melanosternon
Authority : (Gould, 1841)