One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large hawklike bird of prey with broad wings and a rounded tail, often seen soaring in wide circles.
Family Accipitridae: several genera, in particular Buteo, and including the common (Eurasian) buzzard (B. buteo)
- ‘In Scotland, gamekeepers blame the buzzard, a protected bird, for the deaths of thousands of partridges, pheasants, and waders such as curlews and plovers.’
- ‘Among birds of prey, buzzards and hawks of the genus Buteo are an extremely successful group that is widely distributed, being absent only in Australia, Antarctica, and most parts of the oriental region.’
- ‘The second tale was also to do with predators, and the present obsession with preserving every hawk and buzzard on the wing.’
- ‘Other birds include a huge American bald eagle called Liberty, buzzards, Harris hawks, vultures, laughing kookaburras and a pelican.’
- ‘In the woods I heard both green and great spotted woodpecker whilst overhead a pair of buzzards soared in a spectacular display flight.’
- ‘The only sound was three screaming buzzards soaring above me, there wasn't a soul around even though it was 10 a.m., it was cold and I could see the waves hitting the rocks, shooting up the spray.’
- ‘In particular I am very concerned about the risk posed by the illegal use of poison to birds such as red kites, buzzards and hen harriers.’
- ‘Birds as diverse as buzzards and coal tits are regularly seen.’
- ‘But the common buzzard, found across much of Europe and Asia, is a hawk, not a vulture.’
- ‘Raptors - particularly buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrines - are in abundance in the Scottish countryside.’
- ‘After owls, U.K. government figures identify kestrels, common buzzards, and peregrine falcons as other raptors most likely to end up as roadkill.’
- ‘With plenty of smaller birds and rabbits to prey on, all around the island kestrels hover, buzzards glide and peregrine falcons swoop.’
- ‘The couple collected breeds of birds from every continent, including pheasants, herons, ibis, kestrels and buzzards.’
- ‘The buzzard, soaring at a great height, suddenly finds itself caught up in a current of air against which it is impossible to battle.’
- ‘The air in the Lake District this weekend was so clear and quiet except for bird calls - buzzards, curlew, woodpeckers, geese and owls.’
- ‘It features free-flying displays and an opportunity for people to see at close hand some 30 different birds of prey, including eagles, buzzards and falcons.’
- ‘We didn't catch that fish, or any fish, but we had a great day with kingfishers, peregrine falcons and buzzards for company.’
- ‘Large amounts of rubbish in the streets and round buildings attracted scavenging birds such as gulls, buzzards, ravens and red kites when things were quiet.’
- ‘In the barn (one of only a handful that have not been developed in the locality) there are nesting pairs of barn owls, and sparrow hawks, while buzzards and peregrine falcons are regular visitors to the woods.’
- ‘I sat there, with the sun beating down on me, the wind whistling in my hair and the sound of a buzzard overhead looking for prey.’
2North American A vulture, especially a turkey vulture.
- ‘Done, he dragged brush over it so buzzards circling high above the manzanita-covered hills wouldn't eat of it and die.’
- ‘In an ironic foreshadowing of a pivotal courtroom scene that will put Janie at the mercy of human vultures, the hungry buzzards focus on the ‘yaller’ mule.’
- ‘Her husband developed congestive heart failure and experienced frequent hallucinations while in the hospital, including an especially haunting mirage of buzzards circling above him.’
- ‘Its enemies, circling like bold buzzards, want to serve up our schools to the marketplace, where the point of reference is what maximizes profit rather than what benefits children.’
- ‘The common buzzard bears little resemblance to the vulture (not shown), which is a buzzard in nicknameonly.’
Late Middle English: from Old French busard, based on Latin buteo ‘falcon’.
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