Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the tarsi feathered; feather-footed, as a hawk: specifically noting the members of the genus Archibuteo. The common rough-legged hawk or buzzard is A. lagopus. See cuts under Archibuteo and squirrel-hawk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having the legs covered with feathers; -- said of a bird.
“Chickadees, grey-crowned rosy-finches, ravens, bald eagles, goldeneyes and a few red-winged blackbirds, a pair of blue-winged teal and a solitary rough-legged hawk were livening up the wind.”
“The rough-legged hawk, a visiting stranger in these parts, came hunting over the fields.”
“Sharp-shinned and cooper's hawks, as well as merlins, are rare, but not unheard of, and this time of year, the south-bound migration brings red-shouldered, broad-winged, and rough-legged hawks passing overhead.”
“Birds of prey such as snowy owls, short-eared owls (Asio flammeus), jaegers (skuas – Stercorarius spp.), and rough-legged buzzards (Buteo lagopus) are lemming and vole specialists that are only able to breed at peak lemming densities and which aggregate in areas with high lemming densities.”
“The numerous raptors here include Swainson's hawk, ferruginous hawk, rough-legged hawk, red-tailed hawk, marsh hawk, prairie falcon, great horned owl, and burrowing owl.”
“As we floated by, peregrine and gyrfalcons screamed in alarm while rough-legged hawks and golden eagles wheeled above.”
“Important raptors have been seen on the site, including osprey, peregrine falcon, Cooper's hawk, red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, Northern harrier (marsh hawk) and great horned owl.”
“And yes, I know the real name for that species is "rough-legged hawk," but I don't call them that.”
“In the British Islands are two species, one resident (the _B. vulgaris_ already mentioned), and now almost confined to a few wooded districts; the other the rough-legged buzzard (_Archibuteo lagopus_), an irregular winter-visitant, sometimes arriving in large bands from the north of Europe, and readily distinguishable from the former by being feathered down to the toes.”
“Many rough-legged Hawks, hundreds of small land birds, thousands of Snow-birds in flocks of 20 to 200, myriads of Ducks and Geese, passed over our heads going southward before the frost.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘rough-legged’.
A roster of adjectives that infrequently surface in typical conversation and writing. Many are dredged from scientific or other technical jargon or sieved from examples of disused archaic forms.
Adjectives used in actual (non-taxonomic) bird names, past and present.
Looking for tweets for rough-legged.