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Pernis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Perninae
Genus: Pernis
Species: P. apivorus - P. celebensis - P. ptilorhyncus

Name

Pernis Cuvier, 1816

Reference

Le Regne animal distribué d'après son organisation (1817) 1 p.322

Pernis is a genus of birds in the raptor subfamily Perninae. It consists of three medium-sized broad-winged species.

* European Honey Buzzard, Pernis apivorus
* Oriental Honey Buzzard, Pernis ptilorhynchus
* Barred Honey Buzzard, Pernis celebensis

They breed in temperate and warmer climates of the Old World, and are specialist feeders on wasp larvae. The two temperate species, the European and Oriental Honey Buzzards, are migratory.

They breed in woodland, and are often inconspicuous except when displaying.

The members of this genus have plumage which mimics that of juvenile Common Buzzards or of Spizaetus hawk-eagles. It has been suggested that the similarity has arisen as a partial protection against predation by larger raptors such as goshawks, which may be wary about attacking what appears to be a better-protected species with stronger bill and talons than the honey buzzards actually possess.

References

* British Birds, volume 99, March 2006
* Ferguson-Lees, Christie, Franklin, Mead and Burton Raptors of the World ISBN: 0713680261
* Gensbøl, Benny (1989). Collins guide to the Birds of Prey of Britain and Europe North Africa and the Middle East, William Collins Sons and Co Ltd. ISBN 0-00-219176-8

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