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Northern Harrier
(Circus cyaneus)

    
        
Male Northern Harrier
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Northern Harrier Information

Length: 16 - 24"

Habitat:
In the Northeast: Freshwater marshes, saltwater marshes, wet meadows, sloughs, swamps, open fields.
Requires open country for hunting.

Diet: 
Mostly small mammals such as voles, mice, shrews; also small rabbits; small birds, reptiles, amphibians, large insects.
 
Northern Harrier ID TipsIdentification tips for the Northern Harrier
 
Bald Eagle CallsCalls of the Northern Harrier
 
Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
 
Northern Harrier Breeding Map Northern Harrier Winter Map      USGS
     
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
 
Additional photos and information:

Northern Harrier
Photos, description, similar species, sound, range, habitat, food, behavior, reproduction, and conservation status.
(From Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Photos of Northern Harrier (male and female)
From Peter LaTourrette's Bird Photo Gallery
 
Northern Harrier in Flight - Female
Northern Harrier - Female
Photo © David Blevins
     
   

 

 


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