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  1. Plural of buzzard

Extensive Definition

This article is about the type of bird. For the Russian ship class, see Sovremenny class destroyer.
A buzzard is one of several large birds, but there are a number of meanings as detailed below.

In the Old World

Buzzard can mean:
  • One of several medium-sized, wide-ranging raptors with a robust body and broad wings.
  • In particular, those in the genus Buteo. In the Old World, members of this genus are named as "buzzards", but "hawk" is more common in North America.
  • Specifically, in Europe, the Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, where Buzzard is often used as a synonym.
  • Any raptor which has the word buzzard as part of its name.

In the New World

Buzzard can mean:
The Old World and New World uses are almost antonyms.

Buteo species

Other species known as "buzzard"

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