Augur buzzard

The sturdy body complimented with broad wings make these raptors one of a kind

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A fascinating bird of prey with a rich diversity of species characterized by their extensive wingspans. These majestic birds are commonly referred to by various names, including raptors, buzzards, and hawks, all of which rightfully recognize their status as formidable hunters and aerial predators.

One notable feature of the Augur Buzzard genus is the unique flight style exhibited by each species, which is tailored to their specific physiology and lifestyle. From soaring gracefully on thermal updrafts to executing swift and agile maneuvers during hunting pursuits, each species has evolved distinct aerial abilities suited to its ecological niche.

Augur Buzzards are renowned for their strong pair bonds and lifelong loyalty to their mates. Breeding pairs often exhibit remarkable fidelity, with individuals remaining together for many years, if not for life. During the breeding season, the responsibilities of nest-building, incubation, and chick-rearing are shared between both parents, with the male typically tasked with hunting and providing food while the female attends to the needs of the nest and offspring.

Within the nest, competition for resources and survival begins early, with siblings vying for dominance and access to food. In many species, the eldest and strongest offspring often have the greatest chance of survival, as they are better equipped to compete for parental care and resources.

Despite their impressive adaptations and survival strategies, Augur Buzzards are not without vulnerabilities. Like many birds of prey, they are susceptible to environmental threats, including exposure to pollutants such as carbon monoxide. Tragically, incidents involving the inadvertent exposure of Harris Hawks (Buteo unicinctus), a species closely related to the Augur Buzzard, to carbon monoxide in enclosed transport vehicles have resulted in significant mortality events, underscoring the importance of environmental stewardship and conservation efforts to mitigate such risks.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Origin Uncertain
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Eritrea
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Kenya
2016
Malawi
2016
Mozambique
2016
Namibia
2016
Rwanda
2016
Somalia
2016
Breeding
South Africa
2016
Origin Uncertain
South Sudan
2016
Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
Uganda
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No