The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Steppe Buzzard

Afrikaans name: Bruinjakkalsvoël

Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

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Buteo vulpinus

The Steppe Buzzard has quite a variation in colouration. It is basically a pale brown bird with blotches of white and a pale white breast band.

This species is a migrant to our country arriving in summer.

The Steppe Buzzard feeds on small rodents and birds, as well as insects, frogs and snakes.

This bird is normally seen singly in savanna or open woodland.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 48

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 40

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Published: 1984 - Page: 64

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 45

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 10

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 61

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 154

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 24

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 108

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 102

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 108

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 129

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 134

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 109

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 103

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 80

Roberts Bird Guide - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 2007 - Page: 156

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 11

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 170

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 170

Know your Birds of Prey - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 29

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 80

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 179

Field Guide to Fynbos Fauna - Author: Cliff & Suretha Dorse - Published: 2023 - Page: 144

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 103

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Published: 1989 - Page: 609

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 53

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 43

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 18

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 76

Birds of Prey of the World - Author: Friedhelm Weick - Published: 1980 - Page: 114

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 144

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 81

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 91

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 38

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

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 133

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 76

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