Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) - HBW 2, p. 187

French: Buse féroce German: Adlerbussard Spanish: Busardo Moro

Taxonomy: Falco rufinus Cretzschmar, 1827, upper Nubia, Shendi, Sennar and Ethiopia.
Forms superspecies with B. hemilasius, with which has been considered conspecific. Race cirtensis may be separate species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufinus (Cretzschmar, 1827) - SE Europe and Asia Minor E through Iran and Afghanistan to NW Mongolia and S to NW India (Garhwal); winters to NE Africa and N India.
  • cirtensis Levaillant, 1850 - N Africa, from Mauritania to Egypt; Arabia.