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Species of Thailand

Eastern buzzard

Buteo japonicus, Coenraad Jacob Temminck & Hermann Schlegel, 1844

(In Thai: เหยี่ยวทะเลทรายตะวันออก)

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 in 2008, but others still treat it as either one or three subspecies. It is native to Mongolia, China, Japan and some offshore islands. At least some birds winter in Southeast Asia. It is 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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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Buteo japonicus

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวทะเลทรายตะวันออก

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Eastern buzzard

Range Map

Distribution map of Eastern buzzard, Buteo japonicus in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Fang District, Chiang Mai
  • Khao Dinsor (Chumphon Raptor Center)
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Ko Chang National Park
  • Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Ping National Park
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
  • Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area
  • Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Sai Yok National Park
  • San Sai District, Chiang Mai
  • Si Maha Phot District, Prachinburi
Range map of Buteo japonicus in Thailand