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Rufous-winged buzzard

Thai: เหยี่ยวปีกแดง, yiow peek daeng

Binomial name: Butastur liventer, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1827

The rufous-winged buzzard (Butastur liventer) is an Asian bird of prey. It is a resident breeder in southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia. It is a species of deciduous forest and second growth up to 800 m.

The adult rufous-winged buzzard is 38–43 cm long. It has a grey head and underparts, with some streaking on the crown, neck and breast. The rest of the upperparts are rufous grey, and the uppertail is bright rufous. In flight, from above it shows rufous-chestnut flight feathers and the rufous uppertail, and from below it has a grey body, white underwing coverts, and greyish flight feathers and undertail. The juvenile is duller and browner, with a brown-grey head and white supercilium.

This species is similar in size and shape to the migratory grey-faced buzzard, but that species has browner upperparts and tail, a white throat, and brown-barred white belly.

The rufous-winged buzzard eats lizards, small mammals and large insects. Its call is a shrill pit-piu.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Butastur
Species
Butastur liventer

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวปีกแดง, yiow peek daeng

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Rufous-winged buzzard

Rufous-winged buzzard

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Distribution map of Rufous-winged buzzard, Butastur liventer in Thailand
  • Aranyaprathet District, Sa Kaeo
  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Ban Lueam District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Ban Phai District, Khon Kaen
  • Bang Saphan Noi District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Bangkok Province
  • Bueng Boraped Non-hunting Area
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
  • Fang District, Chiang Mai
  • Hang Chat District, Lampang
  • Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir Non-hunting Area
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Talat Reservoir Non-hunting Area
  • Kaeng Khro District, Chaiyaphum
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kanthararom District, Sisaket
  • Kaset Sombun District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sanam Prieng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai
  • Lam Nam Nan National Park
  • Li District, Lamphun
  • Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Charim National Park
  • Mae Moei National Park
  • Mae Ping National Park
  • Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Sot District, Tak
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Buriram District, Buriram
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
  • Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen
  • Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai
  • Mueang Tak District, Tak
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Non Din Daeng District, Buriram
  • Non Thai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area
  • Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi
  • Pa Sang District, Lamphun
  • Pak Phli District, Nakhon Nayok
  • Pang Sila Thong District, Kamphaeng Phet
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Pha Hin Ngam National Park
  • Pha Taem National Park
  • Phaisali District, Nakhon Sawan
  • Phan District, Chiang Rai
  • Phatthana Nikhom District, Lopburi
  • Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Phutthamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Sanam Bin Reservoir Non-hunting Area
  • Ta Phraya National Park
  • Taphan Hin District, Phichit
  • Tat Mok National Park
  • Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani
  • Thap Lan National Park
  • Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
  • Wiang Lo Wildlife Sanctuary

Range map of Butastur liventer 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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