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buzzard,

common name for hawkshawk,
name generally applied to the smaller members of the Accipitridae, a heterogeneous family of diurnal birds of prey, such as the eagle, the kite, and the Old World vulture.
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 of the genus Buteo and for the honey buzzardshoney buzzard,
common name for several medium-sized, buzzardlike hawks (genus Pernis) of Eurasia and Africa. The European honey buzzard, Pernis apivorus, is predominantly reddish brown, and its tail is marked by three lateral brown bands, though its color varies.
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 of the genus Pernis, of the Old World family Accipitridae. The name buzzard is also incorrectly applied to various hawks and New World vulturesvulture,
common name for large birds of prey of temperate and tropical regions. The Old World vultures (family Accipitridae) are allied to hawks and eagles; the more ancient American vultures and condors are of a different family (Cathartidae) with distant links to storks and
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, such as the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) and the black vulture (Coragyps atratus) of the family Cathartidae. Buzzards are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Accipitriformes, family Accipitridae.

buzzard

any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Buteo, typically having broad wings and tail and a soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc.)
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"Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay are critical estuarine resources and their protection is vital in the Commonwealths efforts to preserve and restore water quality and critical habitat," said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton.
On five occasions between 2011-14, Natural England refused Mr McMorn a licence to kill buzzards which were preying on pheasants he raised for shoots.
In asking Mr McMorn to produce evidence of which actual buzzards are killing the pheasants, Natural England was effectively asking him to perform a 'CSI-type investigation,' he said.
POISONED Nine buzzards found dead at Lambert's home
The buzzard was brought to Mr French on Saturday where he thoroughly examined the bird and, on first inspection, it appeared to be in general good health.
Martin Harper, conservation director at the RSPB, said lethal control of buzzards and destruction of their nests was "unjustified, ineffective and unacceptable".
There were 16 other incidents recorded during 2011, including a buzzard which starved to death in a crow trap and a goshawk's nest destroyed, as well as a short-eared owl, two peregrines and three buzzards being found shot.
"There are buzzards nesting in Birmingham and the Black Country and you can spot them flying over the motorway and even over Harborne."
Buzzard populations have only just recovered - in many areas like Warwickshire they were an extremely rare sight.
Honey buzzards feed mainly on the nests, larvae, pupae and adults of wasps, bees, bumblebees and hornets.
Magistrates decided not to transfer to crown court for sentence after being told Burden used a shotgun to kill buzzards in May and July.
Buzzards are commonly used for hunting, although it is illegal to own the wild birds without a licence.