Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) - HBW 2, p. 188

French: Buse pattue German: Rauhfußbussard Spanish: Busardo Calzado
Other common names: Rough-legged Hawk

Taxonomy: Falco Lagopus Pontoppidan, 1763, no locality = Denmark.
Variation clinal in Palearctic, with broad intergradation zones. Race menzbieri sometimes merged into kamtschatkensis. Four subspecies normally recognized

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lagopus (Pontoppidan, 1763) - N Eurasia, from Scandinavia E to area of R Ob and R Yenisey; winters mainly in C Europe and C Asia.
  • menzbieri Dementiev, 1951 - NE Asia E of R Ob and R Yenisey; winters S to C Asia, N China and Japan.
  • kamtschatkensis Dementiev, 1931 - Kamchatka; presumably winters in EC Asia.
  • sanctijohannis (Gmelin, 1788) - Alaska and N Canada; winters S to C & S USA.