Question - Are Buzzards Birds of Prey?

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Buzzards are medium-large raptors with robust bodies and broad wings, or, alternatively, any bird of the genus Buteo (also commonly known as "hawks" in North America, while "buzzard" is colloquially used for vultures). Falcons are medium-size birds of prey with long pointed wings. Buzzards hunt a wide variety of prey - mainly small mammals, but they also eat reptiles, amphibians, large insects, earthworms and birds. Though they are a predatory species, buzzards will eat carrion. There are 26 bird species in the world named buzzard, including the European honey-buzzard, lizard buzzard, forest buzzard, and long-legged buzzard. Buzzards are a type of hawk, specifically, buteos. These are medium- to large-sized hawks with broad wings ideal for soaring on thermal currents. In the United States, when someone refers to a buzzard, it means a turkey vulture, a member of the New World vultures. Elsewhere in the world, a buzzard is in the same family as Old World vultures – Accipitridae – in the Buteo genus. In North America, the Buteo genus refers to hawks or buzzard hawks.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Cat-food-brings-Buzz-the-vulture-in-for-a-12619525.php

Vultures eat dead animals - aka carrion - such as road-kill squirrels or a hawk's leftover pickings of a rabbit. It's possible for them to kill an animal for food, but they prefer their meat pre-killed. Bradbury was concerned about Buzz attacking her cats, even though they run away from the vulture.

https://community.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/f/all-creatures/9104/21-facts-about-buzzards

2. However, a hungry buzzard is quite capable of killing a wide variety of prey, ranging from rabbits to birds up to the size of a wood pigeon, but any larger prey tackled was probably already sick. It is thought that the buzzard is now our commonest bird of prey, pushing the kestrel into second place.

https://community.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/f/all-creatures/17784/can-buzzards-attack-and-why

Yes Buzzards do attack people, infact it is happening in the Scottish Borders where I live.

https://thelibrary.org/lochist/periodicals/bittersweet/wi79g.htm

They will eat snakes when available. Sometimes one can see a buzzard flying through the air with a snake dangling in its grasp.

https://www.livingwithbirds.com/tweetapedia/21-facts-on-buzzard

However, a hungry buzzard is quite capable of killing a wide variety of prey, ranging from rabbits to birds up to the size of a wood pigeon, but any larger prey tackled was probably already sick. Despite its impressive size, the buzzard is not a major predator, preferring a diet of carrion and earthworms.

https://www.feedstuffs.com/story-protected-black-vultures-preying-livestock-industry-45-149618

Livestock producers beware: Black vultures are on the hunt, and they aren't just looking for dead animals. These migratory birds are known to attack and eat live animals, too. Unlike the more docile turkey vultures, which are more timid and feed on dead animal carcasses, Smith said black vultures are more aggressive.

http://www.whateats.com/what-eats-a-vulture

Vultures are big, they smell bad and and they don't look very tasty. Almost nobody likes to eat a vulture. Occasionally, a bird of prey such as a hawk or an eagle may steal a baby vulture out of a nest. But adult vultures and condors have little to fear from predators.

https://www.grit.com/animals/chicken-predators-zm0z12mjzreg

Black vultures also have been known to kill and feed on newborn calves and fawns, as well as small mammals and birds — including chickens. They are primarily fish eaters, although experts say they also will take ducks, birds, chickens or other prey.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/sparrowhawk/hunting/

The most frequently caught birds are numerous and conspicuous, or are sick, old, weak or injured. The female takes prey up to wood pigeon size, but the smaller male does not catch anything bigger than the mistle thrush. In summer, about 40 per cent of a sparrowhawk's diet is fledglings.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/natureuk/entries/dcd6c3da-9952-40c2-884f-15cfdbabc9bd

White-tailed Eagle - Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed eagles are the UK's biggest bird of prey. The white-tailed eagle, also known as the sea eagle or the 'flying barn door, ' is our largest bird of prey. They're on the red-list for endangered species, and are mainly confined to the coasts of northern Scotland.

https://birdeden.com/distinguishing-between-hawks-falcons

Instead of size, the easiest and most reliable way to easily tell whether a bird of prey in flight is a hawk or a falcon is the shape of its wings. As compared to hawks, falcons have long, slender wings that are pointed at the end. Hawk wings are wider in relation to their bodies and usually have rounded ends.

https://turkeyvulturesociety.wordpress.com/quick-facts/frequently-asked-questions/

Predatory animals (and scavengers as well) typically feed on herbivorous animals. The flesh of an herbivore is much tastier. And so turkey vultures often pass on carcasses of cats, dogs, and coyotes. They will, however, eat such carcasses in the absence of more desirable food.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_eye

An eagle is said to be able to spot a rabbit 3. 2 km away.