European Honey Buzzard
Pernis apivorus

– size of Common Buzzard
– diurnal migrant
– migrates single or in loose flocks
– at migration bottlenecks several hundred to thousands may flock


European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1370, 26/06/2014, Jüterbog, Germany, Mathias Putze
note grey head, broad black trailing edge of wing, large gap to next wingband, upperside generally greyer than in F

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1371, 13/06/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze
light morph, note dark brown oval shaped carpal patch -> Crested Honey Buzzard, more round in -> Common Buzzard -> Rough-legged Buzzard)

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, F AD
BIF1372, 14/06/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, note that carpal patch is not as obvious as in lighter birds

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, F AD
BIF1373, 26/06/2014, Jüterbog, Germany, Mathias Putze
lighter intermediate morph, note tail pattern with narrower terminal band than M, possibly young AD due to indistict black trailing edge of wing

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, 1CY
BIF1374, 05/09/2012, Oberpfalz, Germany, Mathias Putze
dark morph, note uniform dark-brown body and underwing coverts contrasting to lighter outer remiges, primaries broad black tipped, barring of wing more distict than in -> Common Buzzard

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1375, 12/05/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, note shape of folded tail caused by round tipped rectrices, large gap between broad black trailing edge and next wingband

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, F AD
BIF1376, 14/06/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, note more wingbars than M

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1377, 26/06/2014, Jüterbog, Germany, Mathias Putze
intermediate morph, note broad black terminal band in tail and contrasting grey head

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1378, 13/07/2016, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1379, 26/06/2014, Jüterbog, Germany, Mathias Putze
note striking tail and wing pattern with broad black terminal band and large gap to next band

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1380, 12/05/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
note typical shape of tail when folded in straight flight

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1381, 26/06/2014, Jüterbog, Germany, Mathias Putze
note grey head and broad tipped primaries

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, 1CY
BIF1382, 05/09/2012, Oberpfalz, Germany, Mathias Putze
dark morph, note uniform dark appearance, barring of wing barely recognisable, slightly lighter inner hand

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, F AD
BIF1418, 07/06/2014, Anklam, Germany, Michael Heiß

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, 1 CY
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
BIF1419, 11/10/2011, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
dark intermediate morph, note dark mask around eye (not always that distinct), contrast between underwing coverts and broad white based remiges, outermost primaries rather short -> Crested Honey Buzzard

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, F AD
BIF1420, 14/09/2010, Ras Garib, Egypt, Michael Heiß

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, 1CY
BIF1423, 16/09/2010, Ras Garib, Egypt, Michael Heiß
dark and rufous morphe, note dusky secondaries, broad black tipped outer primaries and largely white inner primaries with distict black trailing edge -> Booted Eagle

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, M AD
BIF1383, 12/05/2008, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze
recognisable as AD by broad black trailing edge

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, 1CY
BIF1421, 17/10/2010, Ras Garib, Egypt, Michael Heiß

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus AD
BIF1422, 14/09/2010, Ras Garib, Egypt, Michael Heiß

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus AD and 1CY (lowest bird)
BIF1424, 14/09/2010, Ras Garib, Egypt, Michael Heiß
note dusky secondaries and very broad black tipped primaries in 1CY

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
BIF1425, 14/09/2010, Ras Garib, Egypt, Michael Heiß

voice: usually nonvocal during migration

comparison species:
Crested Honey Buzzard (v)
Rough-legged Buzzard (v)
Common Buzzard (v)
Long-legged Buzzard (v)
Upland Buzzard (v)
Booted Eagle (v)

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