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The com­mon buz­zard (bu­teo bu­teo) is one of the largest birds of prey in the Bri­tish Isles, with a wing­span of up to five or six feet.

Plumage is dark brown with lighter mark­ings un­der­neath.

Buz­zards eat small an­i­mals, birds and car­rion, with rabbits their favourite prey.

In the late 1950s, when myx­o­mato­sis wiped out 99 per cent of rabbits, buz­zards nearly be­came ex­tinct, but the pop­u­la­tion has re­cov­ered to an es­ti­mated 50,000 breed­ing pairs na­tion­wide.

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