"Busby & Bella"
Buzzards are iconic in Wales and here at the centre we have two. During the winter Busby wows our audiences with his flying skills and cheeky behaviour, but once it turns to spring he goes back in with his girlfriend Bella. We are hoping they will raise their own family this year. and we will have some baby buzzards to fly in our shows and on our experience days
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COMMON BUZZARD FACTS
Common Buzzards cover most of Europe and extends into Asia. Over much of its range, it is resident year-round, but birds from the colder parts of the northern hemisphere typically migrate south (some well into the southern hemisphere) for the northern winter.
Open countryside with small areas of woodland or the edges of more densely wooded areas. With decreased persecution, they are often being found closer to populated areas, where they can scavenge waste.
Hunts over open land, a great opportunist, it adapts well to a varied diet of pheasant, rabbit, other small mammals to medium mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates & young birds and can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields looking for worms and insects, though they will take, carrion often leading to them being accused of killing such things as new born lambs.
40 and 58 cm in length with a 109–136 cm wingspan and weighs 427–1,364 g females being larger than the males
The common buzzard breeds in woodlands, usually on the fringes, Buzzard pairs mate for life.
Breeding starts between March and May laying 2-4eggs.
12-20 years old average age in the wild
28 years oldest recorded in the wild
30 years in captivity
DID YOU KNOW?
There are now around 40,000 breeding pairs in UK, still mainly on the western side of the country though occurring throughout Wales & Scotland. The main threat to Common Buzzards in this country is still illegal killing, both by shooting & poisoning.