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Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus
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Length: 23 in. (58 cm )
Usually seen soaring low over open fields, marshy areas and prairies, this hawk feeds on small birds, mammals, snakes, frogs, and large insects. It will also eat carrion when available. It uses its disc-like facial feathers to focus sounds and locate prey in dense grassy areas. The nest is an small platform of sticks and grass elevated off the ground in dense grass or marsh vegetation. During the winter this species roosts communally on the ground in groups of 5 to 20 individuals.

The four-digit banding code is NOHA.

Female | Robert Shantz

Female | Robert Shantz


Agricultural

Grasslands

Marsh / swamp

Savanna
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Northern Harrier
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 19, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/northern-harrier

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Northern Harrier. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 19, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/northern-harrier

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Northern Harrier". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/northern-harrier

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Northern Harrier". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 19 Sep 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/northern-harrier

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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