Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus) - HBW 2, p. 137

French: Busard des roseaux German: Rohrweihe Spanish: Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental
Other common names: Eurasian Marsh-harrier, Marsh Harrier

Taxonomy: Falco aeruginosus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Forms superspecies with C. ranivorus, C. spilonotus, C. approximans and C. maillardi, all of which have frequently been lumped within present species. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aeruginosus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Europe and Asia Minor E into C Asia, E to upper R Yenisey and Mongolia; winters in W & S Europe, Africa S of Sahara, and in Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka.
  • harterti Zedlitz, 1914 - NW Africa, from Morocco to Tunisia.