726. Butastur indicus

726. GREY-FACED BUZZARD-EAGLE.
BUTASTUR INDICUS.
Butastur indicus (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 264 (1788) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. i. p. 297 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iii. p. 365 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 196 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 69.
Sashiba, Hachikuma, Japan.
Male ad. (Japan). Head and neck greyish ; sides of forehead and lores white with black bristles ; upper parts brown, the feathers with dark shafts, the nape marked with white ; wing-coverts and secondaries externally more or less marked with rufous ; quills brown, the inner webs reddish brown, tipped with blackish and barred with brown ; tail brown above with blackish cross-bars, and whity brown below ; throat white with one median and two lateral dark stripes ; under parts ashy brown tinged with rufous, the upper breast with a few white spots ; lower breast and abdomen sparsely barred with brown ; under tail-coverts white ; base of bill and cere orange yellow, the end of the bill black ; legs feet and iris bright yellow Culmen 1.3, wing 13.0, tail 7.7, tarsus 2.2 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. South-eastern Siberia, where it is of rare occurrence in the Ussuri country ; Japan ; China ; Tenasserim ; Malacca ; the Malayan islands south to New Guinea.
I do not find anything on record respecting the habits of this species, except that the Abbe David states that it breeds regularly in the mountains near Pekin, that its flight is swift and easy, unlike that of the true Buzzards, and that its cry consists of two notes and is also quite characteristic.
Mr. Alan Owston of Yokohama says that it breeds at Fuji, the Sagami Hills, Oiso, Fukushima, and Iwaki in Japan, nesting on “Momi,” “Momiso,” and pine trees, at 20 to 150 feet from the ground, and that he received its eggs, 4 in number, taken from the 16th to the 20th May.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
726. Butastur indicus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
726
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
513
Common name: 
Grey Faced Buzzard Eagle
M_ID: 
3079
M_CN: 
Grey-faced Buzzard
M_SN: 
Butastur indicus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10317

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