Steppe Buzzard

Buteo vulpinus

This palearctic, summer migrant is a common sighting throughout southern Africa. It leaves its breeding grounds, which extend from eastern Europe to Siberia, in September and early October, and heads to southern Africa, arriving in late October/November, and departing the region in late February and March.
One thing is for sure, this bird of prey comes in a variety of plumages, and is often the centre point of many identification debates. Looking out for its barred flanks, barred, buzzard-like tail and head shape (with brown eyes and yellow cere) is helpful, but be cautious, as you may well still be fooled into thinking it could be a honey buzzard or even a long-legged one. I know I have…

We first recorded this common buzzard in January 2010 while staying in the Drakensberg and have seen it regularly every summer since.


Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / November 2015 Steppe-Buzzard—Zingela-(near-Weenen),-KZN—28-November-2014-BEST-CR2-SH-LB Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 15 Feb 2014 (Edited) Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South-Africa / 21 November 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / November 2015 Steppe Buzzard / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Steppe Buzzard / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South-Africa / 21 November 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 15 Feb 2014 (Edited) Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 15 Feb 2014 (Edited) Steppe Buzzard / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South-Africa / 21 November 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South-Africa / 21 November 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 29 December 2011 Steppe Buzzard / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Steppe Buzzard / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / November 2015 Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 14 December 2012 Steppe Buzzard / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Steppe Buzzard / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / November 2015 Steppe Buzzard / Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 15 December 2012 Steppe Buzzard / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / November 2015 Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 15 Feb 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Steppe Buzzard / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Steppe Buzzard / Pilansberg National Park, South Africa / 23 October 2010
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