Buzzard

Birds of the Bible  – Buzzard

But these you shall not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, (Deuteronomy 14:12 NKJV)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) by Peter Ericsson

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) by Peter Ericsson


CLASS – AVES, Order – ACCIPITRIFORMES, Family – Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks & Eagles


The Buzzard is mentioned in at least two verses in the Bible. Deuteronomy 14:12 (above) and:

‘And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, (Leviticus 11:13 NKJV)

They are members of the Accipitride family, which are known as “Birds of Prey”  or “raptors” by many. There are 28 species in this family with “Buzzard” in their name.

European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) by Ian
Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis) OBI
Barred Honey Buzzard (Pernis celebensis) OBI
Philippine Honey Buzzard (Pernis steerei)  POBirds
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon) by Ian
Long-tailed Honey Buzzard (Henicopernis longicauda) IBC
Black Honey Buzzard (Henicopernis infuscatus) IBC
Grasshopper Buzzard (Butastur rufipennis) IBC
White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa) by Nikhil Devasar
Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer) by Peter Ericsson
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) by Peter Ericsson
Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus) IBC
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus) by Daves Birding Pix
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) chicks ©USFWS
Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius) by Nikhil Devasar
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) Video IBC
Himalayan Buzzard (Buteo burmanicus) JHornbuckle
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) by Nikhil Devasar
Cape Verde Buzzard (Buteo bannermani) ©©Flickr Belgobreizh
Socotra Buzzard (Buteo socotraensis) BritishBirds
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) by Ian
Forest Buzzard (Buteo trizonatus) Oiseaux
Mountain Buzzard (Buteo oreophilus) ©WikiC
Archer’s Buzzard (Buteo archeri) ©Drawing WikiC
Red-necked Buzzard (Buteo auguralis) IBC
Madagascan Buzzard (Buteo brachypterus) by Margaret Sloan
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur) by Africaddict
Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus) ©WikiC


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