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European Honey-buzzard

Pernis apivorus

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Uncommon to fairly common (rare and local in U.K.) but local summer migrant from winter grounds in Africa. Favors forest with clearings and small wetlands, but migrants may occur in any habitat. Rangier and more lightly built than stocky Common Buzzard, with longer neck, smaller head, looser and floppier wingbeats. Adult has yellow eyes (brown on Common Buzzard). Plumage highly variable, but note tail pattern: pale overall with dark tip, two wide-spaced narrow dark bars on basal half.

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