#buteolagopusOn its northern breeding grounds, the rough-legged buzzard is found on tundra, mountain sides and open forests. During the winter, this species is usually found in grasslands, fields, marshes, sagebrush flats, and other open habitats.
When hunting, Rough-legged Hawks often face into the wind and hover, scanning the ground below for small mammal prey.
The rough-legged hawk feeds primarily on rodents, especially voles and lemmings. Occasionally its diet includes birds, insects, and carrion.