Lanky raptor with a slender head and long wings with prominent “fingers.” Plumage is highly variable, but note tail pattern: pale overall with a dark tip, and two wide-spaced narrow dark bars on the basal half. Compare with the much stockier Common Buzzard, which has a shorter neck, more rounded wings, and steadier wingbeats. Adult has yellow eyes (brown on Common Buzzard). Favors forested areas with clearings and small wetlands, but migrants may occur in any habitat.
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