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European Honey Buzzard

(Pernis apivorus)
Alternate name(s): "Honey Buzzard", "Pern", "Common Pern"
German name(s): "Wespenbussard"

Size: 52-59 cm; wing span 1.1-1.35 m

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Honey Buzzard at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Distant lateral view of a male European Honey Buzzard; note the dark patches at the carpal joints (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Distant lateral view of a male European Honey Buzzard (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Ventral view of a male European Honey Buzzard (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

FEMALE

Ventral view of a female European Honey Buzzard (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Two European Honey Buzzards in flight; female at the back, juvenile? in front (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Food, Diet

Despite its scientific name (apivorus = bee-eater), the European Honey Buzzard actually specializes more in hornets, wasps and their nests - hence the German name, "Wasp Buzzard".

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