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Pallid Harrier

(Circus macrourus)
Alternate name(s): "Pale Harrier"
German name(s): "Steppenweihe"

Size: 40-48 cm; wing span 95-120 cm
Weight: 315 g (male), 445 g (female); averages

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pallid Harrier at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Pallid Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral view of a female Pallid Harrier in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral view of a female Pallid Harrier in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a female Pallid Harrier in flight, wings up; note the thin fawn collar, which distinguishes this bird from a female Montagu's Harrier (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a female Pallid Harrier in flight, wings up, in different light conditions (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, October 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Photos of a juvenile Pallid Harrier were taken by us in Oman.

Behaviour

Distant frontal view of a female Pallid Harrier in low, harrying flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, October 2018]

Distant lateral view of a female Pallid Harrier in low, harrying flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, October 2018]

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