Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Falconiformes > Family: Accipitridae > Genus: Buteo > Species: Buteo lagopus

Rough-legged Buzzard - Buteo lagopus (Pontoppidan, 1763)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 5 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 94 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • woodland and forest
Wintering habitats
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code A088


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DE2919402 Germany Oberneulander Wümmeniederung Map
DE2935401 Germany Aland-Elbe-Niederung Map
DE3239401 Germany Untere Havel/Sachsen-Anhalt und Schollener See Map
DE3334401 Germany Milde-Niederung/Altmark Map
DE3437401 Germany Elbaue Jerichow Map
DE3532401 Germany Vogelschutzgebiet Drömling Map
DE3639401 Germany Vogelschutzgebiet Fiener Bruch Map
DE3938401 Germany Zerbster Land Map
DE4134401 Germany Hakel Map
DE4137401 Germany Wulfener Bruch und Teichgebiet Osternienburg Map
DE4139401 Germany Mittlere Elbe einschließlich Steckby-Lödderitzer Forst Map
DE4142401 Germany Mündungsgebiet der Schwarzen Elster Map
DE4638401 Germany Saale-Elster-Aue südlich Halle Map
IT2090001 Italy Monticchie Map
IT20B0011 Italy Bosco Fontana Map
IT3210039 Italy Monte Baldo Ovest Map
IT3230047 Italy Lago di Santa Croce Map
IT4050022 Italy Biotopi e Ripristini ambientali di Medicina e Molinella Map
IT4050024 Italy Biotopi e Ripristini ambientali di Bentivoglio, S. Pietro in Casale, Malalbergo e Baricella Map
IT4060001 Italy Valli di Argenta Map
IT4060002 Italy Valli di Comacchio Map
IT4060008 Italy Valle del Mezzano Map
IT4060015 Italy Bosco della Mesola, Bosco Panfilia, Bosco di Santa Giustina, Valle Falce, La Goara Map
SE0230126 Sweden Svensksundsviken Map
SE0430002 Sweden Falsterbo-Foteviken Map
SE0710077 Sweden Kålhuvudet Map
SE0820201 Sweden Padjelanta Map
SE0820295 Sweden Laidauredeltat Map
SKUEV0332 Slovakia Cergov Map
SKUEV0166 Slovakia Ciglat Map
BG0000270 Bulgaria Atanasovsko ezero Map
SKUEV0311 Slovakia Kacenky Map
SKUEV0313 Slovakia Devinske jazero Map
SKUEV0006 Slovakia Latorica Map
IT20B0501 Italy Viadana, Portiolo, San Benedetto Po e Ostiglia Map
SKUEV0116 Slovakia Jakubovske rybniky Map
BG0000241 Bulgaria Srebarna Map
SKUEV0125 Slovakia Gajarske aluvium Moravy Map
SKUEV0168 Slovakia Horny les Map
SKUEV0225 Slovakia Muranska planina Map
SKUEV0367 Slovakia Holubyho kopanice Map
SKUEV0219 Slovakia Malina Map
DE0916491 Germany Ramsar-Gebiet S-H Wattenmeer und angrenzende Küstengebiete Map
BG0002048 Bulgaria Suha reka Map
IT4070024 Italy Podere Pantaleone Map
BG0002040 Bulgaria Strandzha Map
IT20A0013 Italy Lanca di Gerole Map
BG0002081 Bulgaria Maritsa - Parvomay Map
IT20B0402 Italy Riserva Regionale Garzaia di Pomponesco Map
SKUEV0331 Slovakia Cergovsky Mincol Map
SKUEV0004 Slovakia Kopčianske slanisko Map
IT20A0402 Italy Riserva Regionale Lanca di Gerole Map
ROSPA0022 Romania Comana Map
ROSPA0045 Romania Grădiștea Muncelului - Ciclovina Map
ROSPA0028 Romania Dealurile Târnavelor și Valea Nirajului Map
ROSPA0026 Romania Cursul Dunării - Baziaș - Porțile de Fier Map
ROSPA0011 Romania Blahnița Map
ROSPA0024 Romania Confluența Olt - Dunăre Map
ROSPA0091 Romania Pădurea Babadag Map
ROSPA0058 Romania Lacul Stânca Costești Map
ROSPA0046 Romania Gruia - Gârla Mare Map
ROSPA0092 Romania Pădurea Bârnova Map
ROSPA0094 Romania Pădurea Hagieni Map
ROSPA0062 Romania Lacurile de acumulare de pe Argeș Map
ROSPA0067 Romania Lunca Barcăului Map
ROSPA0025 Romania Cozia - Buila - Vânturarița Map
ROSPA0068 Romania Lunca inferioară a Turului Map
ROSPA0080 Romania Munții Almăjului - Locvei Map
ROSPA0037 Romania Dumbrăvița - Rotbav - Măgura Codlei Map
ROSPA0031 Romania Delta Dunării și Complexul Razim - Sinoie Map
ROSPA0055 Romania Lacul Gălățui Map
ROSPA0042 Romania Eleșteiele Jijiei și Miletinului Map
ROSPA0081 Romania Munții Apuseni - Vlădeasa Map
ROSPA0020 Romania Cheile Nerei - Beușnița Map
ROSPA0008 Romania Băneasa - Canaraua Fetei Map
ROSPA0061 Romania Lacul Techirghiol Map
BG0002051 Bulgaria Kaliakra Map
BG0002097 Bulgaria Belite skali Map
BG0002043 Bulgaria Emine Map
BG0002045 Bulgaria Kompleks Kamchia Map
BG0002021 Bulgaria Sakar Map
ROSPA0066 Romania Limanu - Herghelia Map
AT1220V00 Austria Feuchte Ebene - Leithaauen Map
AT1102112 Austria Zurndorfer Eichenwald und Hutweide Map
AT3225000 Austria Weidmoos Map
AT2103000 Austria Hörfeld Moor - Kärntner Anteil Map
AT1126129 Austria Waasen - Hanság Map
AT1209000 Austria Westliches Weinviertel Map
AT1202V00 Austria March-Thaya-Auen Map
ROSPA0133 Romania Munții Călimani Map
ROSPA0141 Romania Subcarpații Vrancei Map
PLB140015 Poland Bagno Pulwy Map
IT4020027 Italy Cronovilla Map
BG0002115 Bulgaria Bilo Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 30 November 2009, on the conservation of wild birds (EU Birds Directive)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Falconiformes)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) (Migratory species of Accipitridae)
Memorandum of understanding on the conservation of migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia - under Bonn Convention (MoU Raptors)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (Falconiformes spp.)
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Busardo Calzado Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Buse pattue French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Búteo-calçado Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Fjällvråk Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Gatyás ölyv Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Piekana Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Poiana calzata Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rauhfußbussard German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rough-legged Buzzard English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Ruigpootbuizerd Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:02900 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Species+ Species+ by UNEP-WCMC
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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