Uzbekistan MS Bird of Prey
Close up of bird of prey
Close up of Bird of Prey
Long-legged Buzzard from the Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett and the Inskipps
Long-legged Buzzard from the Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett and the Inskipps

This miniature sheet was issued with a set of 7 stamps, all showing birds of prey identified by their scientific names. The MS did not show the scientific name, which lead to various possibilities being considered, including White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) and Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax).

Perched birds of prey can be a problem, but luckily this one has its wings raised and its rufous tail showing. The upper wing shows a dark carpal patch and a distinct light patch at the base of the primaries. I noticed the similarity of this bird and the images of the Long-legged Buzzard in the "Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" by Grimmett and the Inskipps. Most of the key features match, but the book shows rufous thighs.

I have added this to my collection as a Long-legged Buzzard, but if anyone has more news about this image, or alternative views about its identity, please let me know.

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Added 12th  December, 2000