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
. [1913 Webster
" 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."