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Buteo (?) outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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This buteo was seen at about 2 pm January 10 just outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Long-legged Buzzard is common in winter, but the coloring of the face looks darker and shape of head stockier. I would appreciate any input.

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I’d stick with Long-legged. Head shape can be altered by the bird trying to stay warm. Plus, general plumage still fits. The darker color is probably just wash or something.

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13 hours ago, Trevor L. said:

I’d stick with Long-legged. Head shape can be altered by the bird trying to stay warm. Plus, general plumage still fits. The darker color is probably just wash or something.

Thanks! Now that I look at the picture in a larger format, it does resemble the Long-leggeds that I see often. Flight pattern was also very familiar. It was a very cold day, so the puffed-up look was appropriate. 

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