honey buzzard


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n honey buzzard Old World hawk that feeds on bee larvae and small rodents and reptiles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Honey buzzard (Zoöl) a bird related to the kites, of the genus Pernis. The European species is Pernis apivorus; the Indian or crested honey buzzard is Pernis ptilorhyncha. They feed upon honey and the larvæ of bees. Called also bee hawk bee kite.
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In literature:

That is the hen bird of one of the few pairs of honey-buzzards breeding in the United Kingdom.
"The Toys of Peace" by Saki
HONEY-BUZZARD of India, variation in the crest of, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
Fifteen years ago the honey buzzard was a breeding species in England, and had doubtless been so for thousands of years.
"Birds and Man" by W. H. Hudson
The Honey Buzzard has bred from the New Forest up to Aberdeenshire.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
On same date Honey-Buzzards passing northwards, flying quite low against a north-easterly gale, in large bands.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman