The Common Buzzard is a medium-sized raptor. They have a body length between 43 and 57 cms (17 - 22.5 inches), a wingspan between 109 and 136 cms (43 - 54 inches) and they weigh between 525 and 1,000 g (19 - 36 oz).
They vary in colour from almost pure white to black but they are mainly shades of brown with pale feathers around their neck. They have large, broad wings and a shortish tail.
Common Buzzards can be found in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Common Buzzards mainly feed on relatively small prey such as voles, mice and insects. They are often seen on the ground, especially in winter, feeding on insects and earthworms.