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Title: British birds with their nests and eggs
Year: 1896 (1890s)
Authors: Butler, Arthur Gardiner, 1844-1925
Subjects: Birds Birds
Publisher: London, Brumby & Clarke
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: American Museum of Natural History Library
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ge Buzzards, and the Rough-legged Buzzard—Seebohm calls it the Buzzard-Eagle—he considers the connecting link between the two. The Buzzards and Eagles are alike sluggish, spiritless birds; they capture theirprey by dropping upon it when on the ground, rarely following it in the air;they are altogether wanting in the dash and courage of the true Falcons; theyspend hours together perched in a seeming lethargic state upon trees or rocks,and they are not unwilling to feed on carrion. They are powerful on wing, and,although they hunt for their prey by flying heavily low over the ground, yet theyall delight in soaring in circles high in the air. The Buzzards chiefly prey uponsmall mammals, reptiles, and insects; their cry is a loud mewing call; theyfrequent large woodlands, equally with open moors, and the sea-coasts; they nestboth in trees, and upon ledges of the rocks; they are migratory; and theirplumage is soft and full, and generally with a certain amount of gloss upon thefeathers.
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<«iV ;^^-5^-jVaj« Buzzard $ i and dark form of ? The Buzzard. if^ Familv—FAL CONIDyE. Buzzard. Buteo vulgaris, Leach. THE Common Buzzard, the type of the gams Buteo, no longer merits its oldname in England, for it is onlj^ in the extreme west, in parts of Wales,in the Lake District, in Scotland, and in Ireland, that the Buzzard may still bemet with, a few having survived the ceaseless persecution waged against all theAccipitrine birds. On the coasts of Devon, especially on the northern, on Exraoor,on the rocky coasts of Wales, there are still a few pairs nesting in the cliffs, butvery few compared to what there were fifty years ago, when in the Valley ofRocks, at Eynton, six or seven might have been seen soaring in the air at once,and when the bird was well-known to warreners b}- the name of the Black Eagle,and was trapped by them in numbers when it came after the young rabbits. Thenumber of places named after the Common Buzzard ® in Pembrokeshire witnessto its former abundan
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