Common Buzzard Bird Natural History Zoology Antique Print
circa 1850 Colored Engraving - Antique Art Print
THE COMMON BUZZARD
Beautiful Natural History - Zoology Antique Print
Collectible Print from Scripture Natural History by W. I. Bicknell, licentiate of theology
Published by John Tallis and Company, London and New York
Approximate Image Size: 3 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches
Approximate Overall Size With Margins: 4 1/2 X 6/ 1/2 inches
CONDITION: Suitable age toning. Very Good Condition.
The Buteo genus (the buzzard family) occurs worldwide with the
exception of the Indian sub-continent and Australia. In the United States, many
members of the Buteo genus are referred to as Hawks. The European Buzzard (Buteo
buteo and subspecies) breeds throughout Europe (including Britain), central
Asia to eastern Siberia and Japan. Some members of the species migrate in winter
to Africa, north India, Burma, Malaya, Indo-China and South China.
In Britain the buzzard does not migrate, and rarely moves more than 30 miles
(50 kms) from its point of origin, although larger distances have been recorded
on occasion. In Britain, their main prey items are rabbits, young hares, moles,
rats, voles, mice, shrews, squirrels and weasels.
It hunts mostly from a perch, but also soars high in the sky, searching for
prey, or even walks about awkwardly in ploughed fields, looking for invertebrates.
It will also, when times are hard, take birds (slow ones!) and carrion. The
average daily food requirement for each adult bird is less than 5 oz (less than
140g). This varies with time of year, weather, size of adult etc.