Buteo was a male honey buzzard and a friend of Garfo Trok. He had fawn-colored tail, black and golden eyes and he was very protective of his territory in the northeast stream. If travelers trespassed the territory of Buteo, they had to answer his riddles to continue their journey. The honey buzzard was easily cheated, as he was not a very clever bird.
"Buteo" refers to buzzards, known in North America as hawks.
Despite his name, the honey buzzard is not a member of the genus Buteo, unlike other buzzard species.
Buteo is the only named buzzard in the Redwall series.