French: Bondrée orientale German: Schopfwespenbussard Spanish: Abejero oriental
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Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. orientalis
Taczanowski, 1891 – Eastern Honey-buzzard – SC Siberia E to Amurland and Sakhalin, S to NE China, Japan and Korea; winters SE Asia S to Greater and Lesser Sundas, Philippines and Sangihe, also very small numbers farther W (e.g. regular on passage through S Kazakhstan), possibly wintering E Africa#R.
P. p. ruficollis
Lesson, 1830 – Indus Valley (Pakistan)#R, India and Sri Lanka E through Myanmar to SC China (Yunnan) and most of Indochina.
P. p. torquatus
Lesson, 1830 – extreme SW Indochina, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
P. p. ptilorhynchus
(Temminck, 1821) – Indomalayan Honey-buzzard – Java.
P. p. philippensis
Mayr, 1939 – N & E Philippines.
P. p. palawanensis
Stresemann, 1940 – W Philippines (Calauit and Palawan).
52–68 cm; male 750–1280 g, female 950–1490 g; wingspan 115–155 cm. Similar to P. apivorus, but larger, shorter-tailed, lacks dark... read more
Mostly silent, even in nesting season. Occasionally gives single high-pitched whistle described as... read more
Wooded areas, preferring broad-leaved trees, in wide variety of bioclimates. Dense forests, open... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly social bees and wasps, in particular their larvae, also eating bits of comb and honey; feeds on nests in tree-holes and similarly on... read more
Laying starts Feb in S India, May and particularly Jun in N of range, everywhere related to availability of bees and wasps. Nests mainly in... read more
Migratory in N populations, sedentary or with local movements in S. Arrives on breeding grounds in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Status poorly known; retiring habits of species make its detection difficult and it is possible that its breeding range in... read more
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