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Hen Harrier

(Circus cyaneus)
German name(s): "Kornweihe"
Size: 41-52 cm (incl. tail); wing span 1.0-1.2 m
Weight: 290-400 g (male), 390-750 g (female)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Hen Harrier at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view onto the upperparts of a male Hen Harrier in flight; note the thin dark trailing edge (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Lateral/ventral view of the underparts of a male Hen Harrier in flight; note the broad dark trailing edge on the wings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a male Hen Harrier in flight, wings up again, note the dark trailing edge on the wings
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Hen Harrier in flight, wings down again, note the dark trailing edge on the wings
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2016]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Hen Harrier in flight, wings up; note the darker tertiaries on the underwing compared to the rest of the wing (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Distant lateral view of a female Hen Harrier in flight, wings up again, note the dark tertiaries (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Distant lateral view onto the upperparts of a female Hen Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Distant lateral view of a female Hen Harrier in flight; click on the image to see for comparison a Carrion Crow
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

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