roughleg

Roughleg

Rough"leg`\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of large hawks of the genus Archibuteo, having the legs feathered to the toes. Called also rough-legged hawk, and rough-legged buzzard.

Note: The best known species is Archibuteo lagopus of Northern Europe, with its darker American variety (Sancti-johannis). The latter is often nearly or quite black. The ferruginous roughleg (Archibuteo ferrugineus) inhabits Western North America.
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roughleg

noun
large hawk of the northern hemisphere that feeds chiefly on small rodents and is beneficial to farmers [syn: rough-legged hawk
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