European Honey Buzzard
European Honey Buzzard
European Honey Buzzard
European Honey Buzzard
Scientific Name 
Pernis apivorus
Arabic Name 
عقاب العسل الحوامة
Kuwaiti name 
عقاب , بوحقب
150.0 cm
55.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Scarce passage migrant seen in small numbers; usually in spring and early autumn. It appears longer necked with a small head, and soars on flat wings and is often difficult to distinguish from Crested Honey Buzzard.
Where in Kuwait 
The main migration movement of this species is well to the west of the Gulf and often in small flocks, but sometime also found in mixed flocks of migrating raptors.
In the world 
This species is a summer migrant to most of Europe and western Asia, wintering in tropical Africa. Being a long distance migrant, the Honey Buzzard relies on magnetic orientation to find its way south, as well as a visual memory of remarkable geographical features such as mountain ranges and rivers, along the way. It avoids large expanses of water over which it cannot soar.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting.