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Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)


The Marsh Harrier has a length of 52 cm, and can weigh between 400-650 g for males, and 550-800 g for females. Males are browner than other harrier species, and have a reddish-brown, cryptic like streaks across its body, and pale blue on its tail and across their wings. Females are darker, but with a paler colour on their crown, and a dark shade over their eyes and face. Marsh Harriers’ are a territorial bird in breeding season, and is less social in the winter compared to other harriers which often gather in large flocks.


The Marsh Harrier almost always lives in reed marshes and can live in open habitats such as farmland and grassland that typically border marshland.


The Marsh Harrier feed on small to medium mammals, reptiles, frogs, and birds, especially water-birds.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List

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