Archers Buzzard (Buteo archeri)

Archers Buzzard

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo archeri | [authority] W. L. Sclater, 1918 | [UK] Archers Buzzard | [FR] Buse d’Archer | [DE] Archers-Bussard | [ES] Busardo Augur Somali | [NL] Archers Buizerd


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Buteo archeri AF n Somalia


Members of the genus Buteo are broad-winged, broad-tailed hawks, Well adapted for soaring. The bill, legs and talons are of average proportions. There is much colour variation both within the species, and, by way of phases, within individual species. In all cases the young are quite different from adults in that they are all well camouflaged with an overall brown appearance with varying amounts of striping below and paler mottling above.
The 25 species are spread worldwide with the exception of Australasia and much of the Indian sub-continent.

Physical charateristics

Size similar as Augur Buazzrd; tail less chestnut, more tawny; lower parts black in old birds; in younger chiefly white, excepting the throat, which is more or less black. Forms superspecies with B.augur and B.rufofuscus; all three sometimes considered conspecific, but differ on calls and coloration, showing disjunct distribution

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 50 cm size max.: 55 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 2  


Africa : North Somalia


Hilly and Mountainous Savannah


Hardly any details, lays at the end of the dry seeson; clutch size 1-2 eggs.

Feeding habits

Small vertebrates and insects, hunts by perching and soaring.


Not yet recognized by bird.ife, but CITES states it as non=threatened
Forms superspecies with B. augur and B. rufofuscus; all three sometimes considered conspecific, but differ on calls and coloration, showing disjunct distribution. Monotypic. Status of species or subspecies hiuihly debated. We follow HBW.


Probably sedentary as can be inferred by its very small range.

Distribution map

Archers Buzzard distribution range map

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