Steppe Buzzard
Steppe Buzzard
Steppe Buzzard
Steppe Buzzard
Scientific Name 
Buteo buteo vulpinus
Arabic Name 
عقاب السهول
Kuwaiti name 
بوحقب , حقبي
118.0 cm
48.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant and scarce winter visitor. Kuwait’s commonest Buteo hawk. During migration large flocks are often recorded, sometimes with up to 2000 together in late September.
Where in Kuwait 
Steppe Buzzard is one of the most common raptors in Kuwait and one that is seen in large numbers during migration. During passage, big kettles are often seen soaring over Jal Al-Zor and south over Jahra Bay.
In the world 
Buzzard subspecies fall into two groups; The western Buteo group is mainly resident or short-distance migrants and the eastern vulpinus group which includes Steppe Buzzard. Steppe Buzzard breeds from east Europe eastward to the Far East, excluding Japan. It is a long-distance migrant, excepting some north Himalayan birds, and winters in Africa, India and southeastern Asia. Compared to the nominate form (Common Buzzard), it is slightly smaller (45–50 cm long), longer winged and longer tailed.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting.