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 2 years 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 45 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 10 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Tuscany Region, Italy (ssp cyaneus)
Lorenzo Shoubridge 15 May 2013 10 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 3 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 1 year ago 4.4
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