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Harrier (bird)

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A Harrier is any of several species of diurnal birds of prey which fly low over meadows and marshes and hunt or harry small animals or birds (hence their common name). Most are in the genus Circus, the scientific name also arising from from the slow circling for prey.

The northern hemisphere species are:

The American Northern Harrier is also known as the Marsh Hawk. It is usually classed as conspecific with the Hen Harrier, but is sometimes considered a separate species.

South African species are:

  • Western Marsh Harrier or Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
  • African Marsh Harrier (Circus ranivorus)
  • Black Harrier (Circus maurus)
  • Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
  • Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus)

Australasian species are:

  • Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)
  • Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans), sometimes also called the New Zealand Harrier.

Species list

Last updated: 08-01-2005 08:49:27
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