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Eastern buzzard

Thai: เหยี่ยวทะเลทรายตะวันออก, yiow tha-le sai ta-wan-ok

Binomial name: Buteo japonicus, Coenraad Jacob Temminck & Hermann Schlegel, 1844

The Eastern buzzard or Japanese buzzard (Buteo japonicus) is a medium to large bird of prey that is sometimes considered a subspecies of the widespread common buzzard (Buteo buteo). some scientists treated is as a distinct species starting 2008, but most people still treat it as a subspecies. It is native to Mongolia, China, Japan and some offshore islands. And at least various birds winter in Southeast Asia. It's similar to the steppe buzzard.

It includes three subspecies:

  • B. j. japonicus: Mongolia, China, and Japan
  • B. j. toyoshimai: Izu Islands and Bonin Islands
  • B. j. oshiroi: Daito Islands

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Scientific classification

Buteo japonicus

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวทะเลทรายตะวันออก, yiow tha-le sai ta-wan-ok

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Eastern buzzard, Buteo japonicus in Thailand

Range map of Buteo japonicus in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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