African Marsh-harrier (Circus ranivorus) - HBW 2, p. 137
French: Busard grenouillard
Spanish: Aguilucho Lagunero Etiópico
Taxonomy: Falco ranivorus Daudin, 1800, South Africa.
Forms superspecies with C. aeruginosus, C. maillardi, C. spilonotus and C. approximans; sometimes all considered conspecific, but present species differs from closest ally, C. aeruginosus, in some aspects of plumage and morphology, probably in breeding behaviour and display, and in lack of pronounced sexual dimorphism in plumage. Birds of E & C Africa sometimes placed in separate race, aequatorialis, on grounds of smaller size, but validity very doubtful. Monotypic.
Distribution: Zaire, Uganda and Kenya S to South Africa; ranges NE to Ethiopia and Somalia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird quartering over grassland. Locality South of Braedasdorp, Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 7 October 2004 5 weeks ago 27 sec 4.5
A bird flying over a papyrus swamp and then landing. Locality Rubondo, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 11 September 2006 7 years ago 26 sec 4
Two birds grasping each other's talons. Locality Rubondo, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 11 September 2006 7 years ago 18 sec 3.9
African marsh-harrier with prey
Locality Rawsonville, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp Circus ranivorus)
Louis Groenewald 10 August 2013 50 weeks ago 4.7
A bird in flight
Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana
Aleix Comas 1 September 2007 5 years ago 4.2
An adult flying over a papyrus swamp.
Locality Mabamba Wetland, Uganda (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 2 February 2014 11 weeks ago 4
A juvenile in flight
Locality Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 29 March 2011 2 years ago 3.4
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