Hawks/Buzzards

Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Breeding in woodland and searching for small mammals and carrion in open countryside, wild Common Buzzards are a regular sight over the centre. To see them up close, we have a breeding pair and Ivy who flies in the displays.

Swainson’s Hawk

Buteo swainsonii

Breeding in western North America before overwintering in the grasslands of southern South America, they have one of the longest migration routes. Storm, hatched here, demonstrates how they soar to great heights.

Red-backed Hawk

Geranoaetus (Buteo) polyosoma

A new species for our 2016 displays. Felix will demonstrate how these South American buzzards soar as they search for a variety of small prey. Adult plumage is variable and very different to his current juvenile markings.

Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis

From the dry, open grasslands of Western North America. Small mammals make up most of the diet, with Prairie Dogs being a regular meal. Our pair regularly breed and Icarus can be seen on one of our daily flying displays.

Black-chested Buzzard-eagle

Geranoaetus melanoleucus

An eagle sized buzzard from the hills and mountains of South America. Female and Male birds of the same age have identical markings, but the size difference is huge. Lulu weighs almost 50% more than Saus.

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