honey buzzard

  1. a long-tailed Old World hawk, Pernis apivorus, that feeds on the larvae of bees as well as on small rodents, reptiles, and insects.

Origin of honey buzzard

First recorded in 1665–75

Words Nearby honey buzzard

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How to use honey buzzard in a sentence

  • Fifteen years ago the honey buzzard was a breeding species in England, and had doubtless been so for thousands of years.

    Birds and Man | W. H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for honey buzzard

honey buzzard

  1. a common European bird of prey, Pernis apivorus, having broad wings and a typically dull brown plumage with white-streaked underparts: family Accipitridae (hawks, buzzards, etc). It feeds on grubs and honey from bees' nests

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