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Swamp Harrier

(Circus approximans)
Alternate name(s): "Marsh Harrier", "Gould's Harrier", "Swamp-hawk", "Wheat-hawk"
Aboriginal name(s): "djilyoordo" (WA)

Size: 50-60 cm; wing span 1.2-1.5 m
Weight: 580-1100 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Swamp Harrier at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Swamp Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Swamp Harrier in flight
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2017]

Lateral view of a Swamp Harrier in flight
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2017]

Lateral view of a hovering Swamp Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2014]

Lateral view of a Swamp Harrier in flight
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2010]

Near-dorsal view of a Swamp Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2014]

Dorsal view of a Swamp Harrier in flight, showing clearly the characteristic white rump of an adult bird
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2017]

Dorsal view of a Swamp Harrier in flight
[Hunter Wetlands NP, NSW, December 2016]

Pair of Swamp Harriers; one bird is just taking off, while the other is still sitting in the tree (lower left)
[Near Narrabri, NSW, March 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Swamp Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lake Omeo, Benambra, East Gippsland, VIC, February 2017]

Clear view of the underwing pattern of an immature Swamp Harrier in flight
[Hunter Wetlands NP, NSW, July 2013]

Upperwing pattern of a Swamp Harrier in flight
[Gordonbrook Dam, near Kingaroy, QLD, March 2016]

Food, Diet

Adults: Birds, small mammals Dependents: As adults Water intake: None

All raptors are carnivores. Swamp Harriers prey on water birds and waders.

During the first few weeks, raptors feed their chicks with pieces of meat. Later on in their development, the chicks learn to tear apart their parents' prey.

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