French: Bondrée apivore German: Wespenbussard Spanish: Abejero europeo
Other common names:
Europe and W Asia, from Spain, France, Britain (including Wales and Scotland)#R, and E Scandinavia E through W Russia and Caucasus to R Ob in SW Siberia, and S to S Turkey#R and N Iran#R. Winters mostly in Africa S of Sahara, with occasional records at this season from S Europe (e.g. Italy) and Arabia#R.
52–60 cm; male 440–943 g, female 360–1050 g; wingspan 118–150 cm. Polymorphic, with extremely variable coloration (as many as ten adult and seven... read more
Variable, mournful whistling that is quite different from Buteo spp., mono-, bi- and... read more
Forests and woods, preferably deciduous, also mixed forests (but in some parts of range, e.g.... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly wasps and hornets (Hymenoptera), feeding on larvae, pupae and adults (six species identified as prey in UK, of which three were... read more
Laying Jun–Jul (though overall season mid May–late Sept). Solitary. Distinctive sky-dancing display flight, given in full only... read more
Migratory, wintering mainly in equatorial Africa, where reported as late as 16 May in Central... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Population apparently stable, although some regional fluctuations. World population very high, presumably at least in... read more
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