On Taxonomic Status of the dark morph of the Common Buzzard from Eastern Kazakhstan

Kovalenko, A. V.
March 2009
Raptors Conservation;2009, Issue 15, p137
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the taxonomy of the dark morph of the Common Buzzard from Eastern Kazakhstan. Buteo buteo vulpinus and Buteo buteo japonicus, two subspecies of this buzzard, are morphologically distinguished by the structure of their wings. Based on the biological differences between these two species, japonicus is recognized as a separate species. A breeding population of such birds with dark morph has been found to inhabit the mountains of Kazakhstan. The morph is not an intermediate between these species but a separate feature.


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