Rear view of a honey buzzard looking around

Honey buzzard

Honey buzzards, unlike most UK birds of prey, have adapted to a diet of insects and their larvae. They rob bee and wasp nests for the insects and their grubs inside, although a small proportion of their diet includes little mammals and reptiles.

Scientific name: Pernis apivorus

Rank: Species

Common names:


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Map showing the distribution of the Honey buzzard taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Honey buzzard can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Honey buzzard distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

BBC News about Honey buzzard

  • Bird of prey takes plane flight A rare bird of prey that recovered from a wing fracture but missed its migration window is flown - by plane - to its new home.