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buzzard, common name for hawks of the genus Buteo and the genus Pernis, or honey buzzard, of the Old World family Accipitridae. Honey buzzards feed on insects, wasp and bumblebee larvae, and small reptiles. The name buzzard is also incorrectly applied to various hawks and New World vultures, such as the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) and the black vulture (Coragyps atratus) of the family Cathartidae. Buzzards are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Falconiformes, family Accipitridae.

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buz·zard / ˈbəzərd/ • n. a large hawklike bird of prey (family Accipitridae) with broad wings and a rounded tail, typically seen soaring in wide circles, in particular the common Buteo buteo. ∎  a North American vulture, esp. a turkey vulture. ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Old French busard, based on Latin buteo ‘falcon.’

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buzzard Slow-flying bird with broad, rounded wings, fan-shaped tail, sharp, hooked beak, and sharp talons. The name is used in reference to many birds of prey, as in North America for hawks and vultures. Family Accipitridae; genus Buteo.

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buzzard XIII. — (O)F. busard, based like OF. buson (whence F. buse) on L. būteō, -ōn-, of unkn. orig.; see -ARD.

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buzzards See ACCIPITRIDAE.

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