Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus) - HBW 2, p. 137
French: Busard des roseaux
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 81 videos
A female hunting a mallard. Locality Candasnos, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (ssp aeruginosus)
Jesús Laborda 11 November 2010 3 years ago 51 sec 4.6
A juvenile calling from the ground Locality Ejea de los Caballeros, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp aeruginosus)
Jesús Laborda 28 June 2007 6 years ago 20 sec 4.6
A juvenile perched on a wire and looking around Locality Tauste, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp aeruginosus)
Jesús Laborda 28 June 2007 6 years ago 18 sec 4.5
Western Marsh-harrier young bird eating a prey near some Mallards Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp aeruginosus )
Pierandrea Brichetti 10 November 2009 12 weeks ago 43 sec 4
A bird in flight over a wetland and landing on the reedbed. Locality El Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp aeruginosus)
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2013 28 weeks ago 24 sec 4
A male perched and flying Locality Groot Rietveld, Antwerp Province, Belgium
Pascal Vagner 5 July 2013 30 weeks ago 33 sec 4
PhotosSee all 72 photos
A male hunting over Baga fields.
Locality Baga, North Goa District, Goa, India
Dave Williams 21 November 2008 1 year ago 4.7
Locality Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India (ssp Circus aeruginosus)
Dayananda 2 years ago 4.5
adult feamle in flight
Locality Beit She'an Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 28 November 2010 3 years ago 4.4
Locality Neve Eitan, Beit She'an Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 19 December 2010 2 years ago 4.4
Locality Centro Habitat Mediterraneo, Litorale Romano Nature Reserve, Lazio Region, Italy
Marco Valentini 3 April 2013 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Moselle, Lorraine, France
Didier Collin 15 April 2007 22 weeks ago 4.3