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
African marsh-harrier with prey
Locality Rawsonville, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp Circus ranivorus)
Louis Groenewald 10 August 2013 36 weeks ago 4.7
A bird in flight
Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana
Aleix Comas 1 September 2007 4 years ago 4.5
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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