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Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus


Jose A. Neila Ballesteros, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Honey Buzzard is a large bird of prey with a slim neck and a small head. There is great variation in its plumage, which makes identification difficult. Typical characteristics include a small head and the broad bands underneath its wings. It is an unusual bird of prey as it feeds on bees and wasps. It visits Cyprus during migration and can be seen in large numbers or in flocks, mainly in the autumn. It is more likely to be seen flying than perched.

Length: 52 – 59 cm | Wingspan: 113 – 135 cm

Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes

When they can be seen: Autumn, spring

What they eat: Invertebrates

In Cyprus: Can be seen at Akrotiri Peninsula, Cape Greco and Paphos Plains

Status: Passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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