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buzzard

Noun

1 common in South America and Central America and southern United States [syn: turkey buzzard, turkey vulture, Cathartes aura]
2 the common European short-winged hawk [syn: Buteo buteo]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /'bʌzəɻd/

Noun

  1. In the Old World, any bird of prey of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
  2. In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).

Translations

Genus Buteo
American black vulture

Extensive Definition

This article is about the type of bird. For the Russian ship class, see Sovremenny class destroyer.
A buzzard is one of several large birds, but there are a number of meanings as detailed below.

In the Old World

Buzzard can mean:
  • One of several medium-sized, wide-ranging raptors with a robust body and broad wings.
  • In particular, those in the genus Buteo. In the Old World, members of this genus are named as "buzzards", but "hawk" is more common in North America.
  • Specifically, in Europe, the Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, where Buzzard is often used as a synonym.
  • Any raptor which has the word buzzard as part of its name.

In the New World

Buzzard can mean:
The Old World and New World uses are almost antonyms.

Buteo species

Other species known as "buzzard"

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