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European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)


The European Honey Buzzard is more related to kites of the genera Leptodon and Chondrohierax compared to true buzzards in Buteo. The size of an average European Honey Buzzard adult measures up to 52 cm in length with a 135 cm wingspan.

This species of Buzzard appears longer necked with a small head and soars flat wings. It has a long tail with narrow dark bars and a broad dark subterminal bar.

The head protrudes forward with a slight kink downwards and sometimes a very angular chest can be seen. The male has a blue-grey head, while the female individual’s head is brown.


The European Honey Buzzard is a woodland species and prefers deciduous vegetation and particularly beech.


The European Honey Buzzard mainly feeds on insects (particularly wasps) and rarely reptiles, amphibians and fruit.

Protection Status 

Listed as species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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