One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bird of prey of a group distinguished by broad wings that are used for soaring.
- ‘For example, most buteos eat primarily small mammals and most accipiters prey on birds.’
- ‘Even better, we enjoyed long side-by-side views of the buteo next to a Northern Harrier, by far the most common raptor at Croton Point.’
- ‘The Swainson's Hawk is a slender buteo, similar in length to the Red-tailed Hawk, but with a longer wingspan and weighing about 20% less.’
- ‘I saw an Eagle, most likely a Spotted Eagle, a buteo of some sort, and an accipiter, either a Eurasian Sparrowhawk or a Levant Sparrowhawk.’
- ‘It's easy this time of year to forget that the skies belong to birds other than buteos, accipiters, and their ilk.’
From Latin buteo ‘buzzard, hawk’.
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