The honey buzzard is a large bird of prey that is similar to the buzzard. It has got broad wings and a long tail. The plumage is very variable across all ages - typical adults are greyish-brown on its upperparts and whitish underparts.
The nest sites of British breeding birds are usually kept secret to protect them from egg collectors. They are also listed as a Schedule 1 species on The Wildlife and Countryside Act offering them additional protection. Numbers are increasing, perhaps as a result of upland conifer forest maturing. It is a summer visitor to its breeding sites and spends the winter in Africa.
What they eat:
Mainly insect larvae of wasps and bees.
- UK breeding:
- 41 pairs
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.