The common buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a medium-to-large bird of prey whose range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia. Medium sized with broad wings and medium length tail (the tail often appears fan-like and has a barred appearance) it is often seen perching on telegraph poles, fence posts or on the ground hunting for worms in competition with corvids. It feeds mainly on small mammals including rabbits; also birds, reptiles, worms and carrion. the plumage colouration can vary dramatically, from dark brown – almost black, through to very pale in some individuals. There is little variation in size between males and females, although females are a little bigger.