Eastern buzzard

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Eastern buzzard
Buteo vulgaris japonicus Fauna Japonica.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. japonicus
Binomial name
Buteo japonicus
(Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)

The Eastern buzzard or Japanese buzzard (Buteo japonicus) is a medium to large bird of prey that is sometimes considered a subspecies of the widespread common buzzard (Buteo buteo). some scientists treated is as a distinct species starting 2008, but most people still treat it as a subspecies. It is native to Mongolia, China, Japan and some offshore islands. And at least various birds winter in Southeast Asia. It's similar to the steppe buzzard.

It includes three subspecies:

  • B. j. japonicus: Mongolia, China, and Japan
  • B. j. toyoshimai: Izu Islands and Bonin Islands
  • B. j. oshiroi: Daito Islands
Eastern buzzard in Ukishimagahara Nature Park

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