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Healesville Sanctuary

Black-breasted Buzzard

This is one of the exciting native birds of prey you can meet at Healesville Sanctuary.

Black-breasted Buzzards are classed as ‘least concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’).

Also known as the ‘Black-breasted Kite’, this native bird is smaller than the Wedge-tailed Eagle. An adult Black-breasted Buzzard is up to 60cm in length and has a wingspan of up to 155cm.

They eat lizards, birds and small animals, and, like the Wedge-tailed Eagle, are partial to road kill. These birds are at risk of motor vehicles if they are feasting on road kill and don’t move fast enough away from cars – you can help these and many other native species by driving carefully on roads in non-built up areas. 

Black-breasted Buzzards are found mainly in northern and central Australia. Their preferred habitat includes deserts, grasslands and watercourses.

They build nests in trees. The incubation period is about 40 days. Offspring are independent within about 2 months of hatching.