AN UNCO-OPERATIVE BIRD

Based on its size, I think this is a young Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus). However, as you can see, this particular bird was not being particularly co-operative when I stopped to check. That it was perching against a bright sky didn’t help either! Jackal Buzzards are endemic to South Africa and, as I have recorded several of them in the area over the past few months, I think it is safe to assume this one’s identity. Unfortunately, I was unable to identify the predominantly rufous chest band on this individual.

Juvenile Jackal Buzzards tend to be mostly brown in colour, with rufous on their underside and tail. This one’s tail shows the characteristic rufous colouring.

The yellow legs and feet can be clearly seen.

Readers unfamiliar with this bird may be interested to know that its name comes from the loud yelping calls it makes, which are similar in sound to those of the Black-backed Jackal, pictured below.

Jackal Buzzards hunt from the air and can often be seen perching on fence posts or electricity poles.

Apart from consulting several bird books, I have found these sites useful:

http://bryndekocks.com/blog/the-buzzard-problem-differentiating-steppe-jackal-and-forest-buzzards/

https://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/birds_jackal_buzzard.htm

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5 thoughts on “AN UNCO-OPERATIVE BIRD

  1. Lyk of jy reg geïdentifiseer het, Anne. Uitkenning van roofvoëls kan oneindig moeilik raak, met al die kleurverskille van jonges en volwassenes. Ek het nooit geweet hy word so genoem omdat sy geluid soos ‘n jakkals klink nie. Nou het ek weer iets geleer, dankie.

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