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Desert buzzard


What do desert buzzards look like?

Desert buzzards are typical birds of prey with large claws and dark plumage.

As with most birds of prey, the female buzzard grows larger than the male.

The body length of the desert buzzard is between 45 and 60 centimeters.

Its wingspan can be almost four feet.

The feathers of the desert buzzards are largely dark brown.

The white plumage on the underside of the tail is striking.

The strong and long beak is light blue at the tip.

Where do desert buzzards live?

The Harris Hawk is native to the southwestern United States and Central and South America. In the USA the bird of prey lives in the barren landscape of the Sonoran Desert and further south in Mexico or Argentina it is at home in the great rivers of the primeval forests.

Nobody will be surprised that the desert buzzard lives in the desert. The bird loves it warm and likes open terrain. But it also finds sufficient food in the plantations of the south and has settled there.

What types of desert buzzards are there?

There are three known subspecies of the desert buzzard. They differ mainly in the pattern of their plumage.

The "Superior" who lives in the Arizona desert is, as the name suggests, the largest of its kind.

It is colored ocher yellow on the shoulders and pink on the legs. The Mexican "Harrisi" is smaller and has light brown spots on the chest and stomach.

How old do desert buzzards get?

Desert buzzards live between ten and fifteen years old in the wild. In captivity, they can live up to 20 years of age.


How do desert buzzards live?

Desert buzzards are very sociable animals. They are one of the few birds of prey that live in families.

Desert buzzards are considered smart and very popular with people who hunt with the help of birds of prey. Because the animals learn quickly. And their bond with people is very close. For example, they follow the falconer when he is hunting through the steppe.

The birds then fly from tree to tree and always wait until their mistress or master has overtaken or caught up with them.

Friends and enemies of the desert buzzard

Desert buzzards have a great dislike for their rival in the hunting area: the coyotes. Held in Europe, this aversion is sometimes transferred to the dog, which looks similar to the coyote. It is, however, possible to get a desert buzzard used to the dog so that both can be used together for hunting.

How do desert buzzards breed?

Building nests and raising the young are also a family affair that everyone takes care of together. The family nests are mostly on cacti, pine or palm trees.

In good hunting areas, the desert buzzards can lay eggs and hatch young all year round. Most often the female lays the first three to five eggs in March. It takes four and a half to five weeks for the young birds to hatch. Then they are fed for another six weeks. Around 40 days after hatching, the young desert buzzards dare to leave the nest for the first time.

How do desert buzzards hunt?

Desert buzzards hunt together under the guidance of an older, experienced bird. In doing so, they also use group strategies. A family is divided into small groups. These can hunt individually. But often a group scares the prey animals, pursues them and drives them into the open area.

There the members of the other group lurk in ambush and finally kill the prey.


What do desert buzzards eat?

The desert buzzards feed on lizards, snakes, squirrels and rats, but also attack other birds such as eagle owls and woodpeckers.

Held in Europe, the desert buzzard also prey on rabbits, hares, pheasants, pigeons and crows.

The excretions of the desert buzzards contain bone debris, fur and other non-digestible parts of the prey.

Keeping desert buzzards

Desert buzzards are also kept in Europe and used for hunting.

Although they are used to a hot and dry climate in their homeland, the sometimes cold temperatures in this country do not seem to bother them.

Your cage can be outside, but it should be protected from wind and snow.