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Jackal Buzzard

Afrikaans name: Rooiborsjakkalsvoël

A Jackal Buzzard using a small tree as a view point

Photo © Steven Herbert

Buteo rufofuscus

The Jackal Buzzard is a fairly common raptor in suitable habitat around South Africa. It is a striking bird with its black, white and reddish-brown plumage.

This bird gets its name from its Jackal-like call.

Jackal Buzzards make their nest on a ledge or in a tree. Normally two eggs are laid and these are tended to by the female. The males job is to bring food.

They feed on small mammals as well as reptiles, birds and insects.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 133

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 147

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 19

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 57

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 15

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 629

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 56

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 409

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 136

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 132

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 106

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 65

List of South African Birds

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