Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) - HBW 2, p. 139
French: Busard Saint Martin
Spanish: Aguilucho Pálido
Other common names: Northern Harrier, Marsh Hawk
Taxonomy: Falco cyaneus Linnaeus, 1766, Europe, Africa = near London.
Forms superspecies with C. cinereus, with which it has been considered conspecific. Race hudsonius may be separate species. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cyaneus (Linnaeus, 1766) - Europe and N Asia E to Kamchatka; winters from Europe and NW Africa through S Asia to SE China and Japan.
- hudsonius (Linnaeus, 1766) - North America, S to NW Mexico and SE Virginia (USA); winters S to N South America.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 36 videos
Male coming in for a landing and then preening Locality San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside County, California, USA (United States) (ssp hudsonius)
Conan Guard 5 June 2009 5 years ago 32 sec 4.9
Nice profile shot of adult male landing on a perch Locality San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside County, California, USA (United States) (ssp hudsonius)
Conan Guard 5 June 2009 5 years ago 14 sec 4.8
Male scratching, gives a good roust, then flies off Locality San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside County, California, USA (United States) (ssp hudsonius)
Conan Guard 5 June 2009 5 years ago 34 sec 4.7
An adult male hunting for prey. Locality Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA (United States) (ssp hudsonius)
Don DesJardin 8 December 2012 1 year ago 48 sec 4.4
An adult female flying over a field, looking for a prey Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp hudsonius)
Don DesJardin 31 October 2004 8 years ago 1 sec 4.2
A female on hunting flight. Locality Takae fields, Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp cyaneus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 January 2010 4 years ago 29 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 44 photos
Locality Zeeland Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 1 February 2012 2 years ago 4.9
A male Hen Harrier hunting for mice.
Locality Sittard, Limburg Province, Netherlands (ssp cyaneus)
Luuk Belgers 15 February 2013 6 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Tuscany Region, Italy (ssp cyaneus)
Lorenzo Shoubridge 15 May 2013 6 weeks ago 4.5
This was a big lifer for me during my visit to Jim Corbett national park. We found this graceful bird basking in the late aftern
Locality Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India
Subramanya_CK 18 March 2010 2 years ago 4.5
male in flight
Locality Yotvata, Arava Valley, Israel (ssp cyaneus)
Lior Kislev 16 December 2007 2 years ago 4.4
A Northern Harrier perched along the trail.
Locality Boundary Bay Dyke, Boundary Bay, British Columbia, Canada (ssp hudsonius)
JimBachman 10 November 2013 50 weeks ago 4.4
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