The buzzard is a medium-sized bird of prey found in Ireland, with distinctive brown and white plumage and a wingspan of up to 1.2 meters. It can often be seen soaring high in the sky, hunting for small mammals and birds.


The buzzard is a medium-sized bird of prey with large, broad wings and a short, hooked beak. They have a distinctive pattern of brown feathers on their wings and back, with a lighter color on their underbelly.

What they eat:

Buzzards are opportunistic feeders and will eat a variety of prey, including small mammals such as rabbits and rodents, birds, reptiles, and carrion.


Buzzards can be found in a range of habitats, from woodlands and forests to open fields and roadside areas. They prefer areas with tall trees and plenty of ground cover for hunting and nesting.

Size and wingspan:

The buzzard typically measures between 45-58 centimeters in length, with a wingspan ranging from 110-136 centimeters.

Male-female difference:

Male and female buzzards are similar in appearance, with females being slightly larger in size.

Where to find:

Buzzards can be found throughout Ireland, but are most commonly spotted in rural areas with suitable habitat.

What months can be found in Ireland:

Buzzards are year-round residents in Ireland, and can be found throughout the country in all seasons.

Interesting note:

Despite being a common sight in Ireland, buzzards have only recently made a comeback after being almost extinct in the country for many decades. Their population began to decline in the mid-19th century due to changes in land use, but through conservation efforts and increased protection, they have once again become a common and much-loved sight in Ireland's skies.

Audio sound file by Oscar Campbell and used under the Creative Commons license.

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