Jackal Buzzard

Buteo rufofuscus (endemic)

This large, endemic buzzard is a common resident in grassland, agricultural land and karoo scrub. Look out for its broad wings with mottled under-wing coverts (white bars with black edges), chestnut breast with (usually black underparts) and a uniformly, rufous tail.

We have seen it regularly, especially on road trips to the Drakensberg and in and around Cape Town. I still, however, need to get one to pose for a decent photograph.


Jackal Buzzard / Giant’s Castle, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / October 2017 Jackal Buzzard / Giant’s Castle, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / October 2017 Jackal Buzzard / Giant’s Castle, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / October 2017 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard / Giant’s Castle, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / October 2017 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Mountain-Zabra-116 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Mountain-Zabra-115 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016 Jackal Buzzard / Underberg, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Jackal Buzzard / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Jackal Buzzard / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Jackal Buzzard / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Jackal Buzzard / Elgin, Western Cape, South Africa / 13 March 2011 Jackal Buzzard (juvenile) / Devon farmlands, South Africa / 02 July 2016
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