Oriental Honey Buzzard

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Oriental Honey Buzzard
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Pernis
Species:P. ptilorhynchus
Binomial name
Pernis ptilorhynchus
Temminck,, 1821

The Oriental Honey Buzzard, Pernis ptilorhynchus, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. This species is also known as Oriental Honey-buzzard and Crested Honey Buzzard.

Despite its name, this species is not related to Buteo buzzards, and is taxonomically closer to the kites.

It breeds in Asia from central Siberia east to Japan. It is a summer migrant to Siberia, wintering in tropical south east Asia. Elsewhere it is more-or-less resident. It is a specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps, although it will take other small prey.

It breeds in woodland, and is inconspicuous except in the spring, when the mating display includes wing-clapping.

It is larger and longer winged than its western counterpart, Honey Buzzard, Pernis apivorus.

It appears long-necked with a small head, and soars on flat wings. It has a long tail and a short head crest. It is brown above, but not as dark as Honey Buzzard, and paler below. There is a dark throat stripe.

Unusually for a large bird of prey, the sexes can be distinguished. The male has a blue-grey head, while the female's head is brown. She is slightly larger and darker than the male. The male has a black tail with a white band, whilst the female resembles female Honey Buzzard.

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