The Honey buzzard is a mysterious bird. We don't knwo how many couples nest in the Netherlands because of their hidden lifestyle. The bird is a summer guest that arrives in mei and leaves in juli/august already again to Africa. The Honey buzzard breeds in forests and eats insects, larvae and maggets, but also small reptiles.

I initially had identified a Common buzzard as a Honey buzzard before I could take a good look at a real one. The more you see them, the easier identification becomes.

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 DSC2782 Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Pernis
Species: Pernis apivorus
Dutch name: Wespendief
Common name: Honey buzzard
Location: De Kampina, Noord-brabant, The Netherlands

Remarks: Honey buzzard, from above
 DSC2935 Bewerkt Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Pernis
Species: Pernis apivorus
Dutch name: Wespendief
Common name: Honey buzzard
Location: De Kampina, Noord-brabant, The Netherlands

Remarks: This beautiful bird circled above our head for a couple of rounds. Unfortunately against a grey sky but nevertheless unforgettable...
 DSC2951 Bewerkt Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Pernis
Species: Pernis apivorus
Dutch name: Wespendief
Common name: Honey buzzard
Location: De Kampina, Noord-brabant, The Netherlands

Remarks: Looks like a common Buzzard in silhouette, but in this close-up you can see the extreme banded underwingfeathers, as well as the longer tail and the dove-like head.
 DSC2953 Bewerkt Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Pernis
Species: Pernis apivorus
Dutch name: Wespendief
Common name: Honey buzzard
Location: De Kampina, Noord-brabant, The Netherlands

Remarks:


Field characteristics

This migratory bird has relatively underdeveloped claws, a relatively long tail with three broad bands and a small bill. Body length is 52 - 60 cm, wingspan is 110 - 135 cm and weight is 450 - 1000 gr. A males head is somewhat grey.

Main identification:
  • Pigeonlike small head
  • Banded underwings
  • Long banded tail


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