Alternative name: Crested Honey Buzzard
- Pernis ptilorhynchus
52–68 cm (20½-26¾ in)
The male has a blue-grey head, while the female's head is brown. She is slightly larger and darker than the male. The male has a black tail with a white band, whilst the female resembles female European Honey Buzzard.
Considered conspecific with European Honey Buzzard by some authors.
Six subspecies are recognised:
- orientalis breeds in eastern Siberia and winters in Burma and China
- ruficollis breeds in India, Burma and southern China
- torquatus from Thailand to Sumatra and Borneo
- nominate race in Java
- palawanensis on Palawan
- philippensis in the Philippines.
A variety of woodland, with a preference for broadleafed trees.
It is a specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps, although it will take other small prey.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
- Birdforum thread discussing separating this species from Eurasian Honey Buzzard