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Scientific Name:

Pernis celebensis

Population Status:

Least Concern

Body Length:

50–58 cm


110–125 cm


Date Deficient

What makes a raptor a raptor?

Research Resources

Did you know?

  • The Sulawesi Honey Buzzard is also known as the Barred Honey Buzzard

Though The Peregrine Fund doesn't work directly with Sulawesi Honey Buzzards, our efforts in scientific research, habitat conservation, education, and community development help conserve raptors around the world. We also supply literature to researchers from our avian research library, which helps scientists around the world gather and share important information on raptor conservation.

The Sulawesi Honey Buzzard is found from sea level to 2,000 m above sea level, on Sulawesi, Muna, Butung, and Banggai Islands, in Indonesia. It prefers subtropical and tropical montane forest habitats. It is also found in forest, forest edge, and partly cleared areas.

The Sulawesi Honey Buzzard spends a lot of time soaring above forest and partly cleared ridges and valleys in midday, but otherwise it inconspicuous and not easily seen. Other places to spot a Sulawesi Honey Buzzard include seeing it perched on an exposed bare limb along the edge of a forest or in the forest understorey, but it mostly perches among dense foliage in a tall of medium-sized tree.

It usually spends time alone, or in pairs, but it sometimes is seen spending time in small groups.

Though the Sulawesi Honey Buzzard is considered a species of Least Concern, its population numbers appear to be dropping, mainly due to habitat loss. This has lead some researchers to want to change its status to Vulnerable.

True to its name, the Sulawesi Honey Buzzard likes to eat things often associated with honey, including bees, bee larvae, and even honeycombs! It will also occasionally feed on birds.

When hunting, it likes to sit on an open perch searching for flying insects. When it spots one, it might hop from perch to perch in pursuit - not to catch the individual insect, but in the hopes of being led to a nest full of hundreds or thousands of small snacks.

Just like with so many raptors in Indonesia, information about the Sulawesi Honey Buzzard is also sorely lacking. Scientists don't know much at all about the breeding biology or behavior of this raptor.

The World Center for Birds of Prey offers fun ways to learn about raptors. Interactive activities, tours, interesting videos and a children's room with activities from coloring sheets and quizzes to costumes and a touch table are available for the curious mind. We also have several different birds of prey on display year-round. Come for a visit, where our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have about Sulawesi Honey Buzzards or other raptors.

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