Plumage is typically dark brown above and below. The breast is finely barred and can be pale, and the underside of the wings and tail are pale. There is usually a pale band on the breast. The tail is lightly barred.
Common in western Britain but now spreading eastwards.
It feeds on small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and worms.
Often they can be seen perched on gate posts or branches from where they can lookout for prey. Alternatively, they scan open ground while soaring.
Buzzards nest in trees, in woods, on farmland, moors or scrub.