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Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.

An Italian Proverb

Northern (hen) Harrier: Have you seen this bird?

Northern (hen) Harrier: Have you seen this bird?

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Hen Harrier or Northern Harrier

(in North America)
The Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) or Northern Harrier (in North America) is a bird of prey. It breeds throughout the northern parts of the northern hemisphere in Canada and the northernmost USA, and in northern Eurasia.

It migrates to more southerly areas in winter. Eurasian birds move to southern Europe and southern temperate Asia, and American breeders to the southernmost USA, Mexico and Central America.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 16.5 inches Wingspan: 42 inches
• Medium-sized, long-winged, long-tailed hawk
• Rounded wings, can appear pointed while gliding
• White rump
• Short, dark, hooked beak
• Often courses low over marshes and fields on wings held in a strong dihedral
• Flat face with owl-like facial disk

Adult male:
• Pale gray body plumage, paler on underparts
• Darker gray head
• Black tips to flight feathers, especially noticeable on the outer primaries
• Narrow dark bars on tail

Adult female:
• Buff underparts with darker streaks on breast, belly, and underwing coverts
• Dark barring on flight feathers most visible from below
• Dark patch on inner wing created by dark secondaries and dark secondary covert
• Dark brown above
• Narrow barring on tail

Similar species:
The harrier is easily recognized by the low, coursing flight, white rump, and wings held at an angle. Rough-legged Hawks occupy similar habitat but have broader wings and a black subterminal tail band. When migrating, harriers can fly at great heights where many of their features become less obvious. The white rump cannot be seen, the wings may not appear held at an angle and the tail may be fanned. The pale underwings with black primary tips of the male make it distinctive.

The Northern Harrier, breeds in North America and is sometimes considered a distinct species.

 

 

Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.

An Italian Proverb

 

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