Now the commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey. The Common Buzzard is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring the Common Buzzard will often hold its wings in a shallow ‘V’ and the tail is fanned. Birds are variable in colour from all dark brown to much paler variations, all have dark wingtips and a finely barred tail. Their plaintive mewing call could be mistaken for a cat.