Honey buzzard tracking from Hungary

In order to evaluate which factors shape the migration routes followed by adult honey buzzards, MEDRAPTORS is promoting and funding the tagging of new individuals in Hungary during summer 2020. This project was among the scientific goals of our late founder Michele Panuccio, and has been made possible by the generosity of his family. The field work is led by our colleague Eniko Anna Tamas, together with Bela Kalocsa. Nine adults have been tagged, and it will possible to follow them on this page.

Honey buzzards breeding in this part of Europe are very interesting because, unlike other populations (e.g., those from Western Europe), they can choose among different routes.

Preliminary results show a loop migration pattern that confirms the seasonal variation of field counts carried out in Italy and Spain during autumn and spring. More info is available in this paper

Agostini N, Prommer M, Váczi M, Panuccio M 2019. Repeated large scale loop migrations of an adult European Honey Buzzard. Avocetta 43: 13-21.

April 2021 update: some birds already began the pre-breeding journey, with Zemplen being the first one.

These tracks cannot be reproduced without written permission from MEDRAPTORS staff.

We thank for their collaboration Adam Tamas and Csaba Biro (rangers of Kiskunsag National Park), Istvan Beres (ranger of Aggtelek National Park and the Honey Buzzard  coordinator of MME-BirdLife Hungary), Akos Nemeth (chief of the Kolon Lake bird ringing station, Izsak), Miklós Váczi and Ferenc Udvardy (rangers of Fertő-Hanság National Park)