- any of several buzzards or hawks of the genus Buteo.
Origin of buteo
1905–10; < New Latin; Latin būteō a kind of hawk or falcon
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Examples from the Web for buteo
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo borealis) of our illustration is young and shows the plumage of the immature form.
The Buteo was not to be driven away easily, and made brave play with beak and talons; but he never had a chance.Everyday Adventures
It was a large hawk, which Lucien, as soon as he saw it, pronounced to be one of the kind known as buzzards (Buteo).The Young Voyageurs
After 10 minutes of this behavior, a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) screamed as it flew overhead.Home Range and Movements of the Eastern Cottontail in Kansas
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