Size: Length .51-57cm.(20-23ins). Wingspan.113-128cm.(45-50ins).
Status: 15,000 pairs.
Habitat: Mountains,moors coasts & farmland. (Europe).
Reproduction: 2-4 eggs. March-June.36-38 day incubation.
Diet: Rabbits & smaller rodents.Some birds & carrion.
Although now having a stable population, their numbers fell in the 1950,s due to myxamatosis killing 95% of the rabbit population.They did not recover until the 1980’s when toxic pesticides were finally banned.
Often a lazy bird, they will also eat slugs, snails, spiders, beetles and earthworms.
They have many colour phases ranging from deep brown to cream,almost white.Very confusing for the bird watcher!