Distribution

long claws for holding fish

crest pushed up by the wind (normally lies flat)

• dark band through the eye and down to the nape

Plumage Sexcs .,||kc

Migration MigIam

Family ACCIPITRIDAK

Species prn,js apiions

PAI.I; Phask

Western H oney-B uzzard

PAI.I; Phask

This unusual bird of prey obtains nine-tenths of its food by attacking the nests of wasps anil wild bees. It watches and follows the insects, digs out their nests, and takes honey, young, and adult insects. Dense leg feathering and heavy scales protect the bird Dark Phask from stings. It also eats larger animals such as mice and frogs. After breeding, the birds form flocks in which they migrate to areas where their prey is active all year round.

• NEST A large, untidy cup nest made of sticks, high in a tree.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds in much of Europe, W. Siberia, and C. Asia. Winters as far south as Central Africa

REMARKS Females arc larger than males. Color varies n^T^' ? from dark to light through a series of phases (see

-- p. 13). Variation is jjf seen most clearly underneath jHVp the wing.

DISTRIllt TION

soaring flight

Plumage &xes ahke

9S. it9

Migration Migram

Family ACCIPI I RIDAK

Species Mi/Vus mitvus

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