Mountain buzzard

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Mountain buzzard
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In Ethiopia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. oreophilus
Binomial name
Buteo oreophilus
Hartert and Neumann, 1914

The mountain buzzard (Buteo oreophilus) is a bird of prey that lives in montane forests in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and extreme eastern DR Congo) and forests and plantations in South Africa. The latter population is sometimes considered a separate species, the forest buzzard (B. o. trizonatus).[2]

At 45–50 cm, it is smaller than the steppe buzzard and darker brown, with less rufous above.


There are two recognised subspecies:[3]

  • Buteo oreophilus oreophilus (mountain buzzard)
  • Buteo oreophilus trizonatus (forest buzzard)

Birdlife International though elevates both subspecies to species level with the nominate being Near Threatened and trizonatus being Least Concern[4][5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Buteo oreophilus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan, 2003, Struik Publishers, ISBN 1-86872-857-9
  3. ^ Clements, J.F.; T.S. Schulenberg; M.J. Iliff; B.L. Sullivan; C.L. Wood (2010). "The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, Version 6.5" (xls). Cornell University Press. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
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