Grey-faced Buzzard

Scientific Name: Butastur indicus
Malay Name: Helang-Rintik Utara
Chinese Name: 灰脸鵟鹰

Found from eastern Siberia, north-eastern China, Japan to Korea and winters to Southeast Asia


Size: 41-49 cm

Identification: Adult has mostly plain greyish-brown upperparts and upperbreast, whitish throat with distinctive black mesial stripes, greyish-brown rest of underparts with whitish barrings, pale underwing with dark wing-tips and three dark tail-bands. Juvenile has browner upperparts, broad whitish supercilium and dull whitish underparts with bold dark streaks.

Habitat: Open country, lightly wooded areas and reclaimed land


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Changi reclaimed land, Tanah Merah grassland, Tuas, Pulau Ubin, Henderson Wave, Kent Ridge Park and Sisters’ Islands.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore