Pallid Harrier

pallid harrier, busard pâle, aguilucho papialbo, birds of prey, birds of kenya, birds of africa, raptors, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, migratory birds
Names and conservation status
pallid harrier, busard pâle, aguilucho papialbo, birds of prey, birds of kenya, birds of africa, raptors, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, migratory birds
Buffalo Springs National Reserve
pallid harrier, busard pâle, aguilucho papialbo, birds of prey, birds of kenya, birds of africa, raptors, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, migratory birds
Buffalo Springs National Reserve

The Pale or Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) is a migratory bird of prey of the harrier family. It breeds in southern parts of eastern Europe and central Asia (such as Iran) and winters mainly in India and southeast Asia.

 

This is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low flight. It also resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages.The male is whitish grey above and white below, with narrow black wingtips. It differs from the Hen Harrier in its smaller size, narrower wings, pale colour different wing tip pattern.The female is brown above with white upper tail coverts, hence females and the similar juveniles are often called "ringtails". Her underparts are buff streaked with brown. It is best distinguished from the female Hen Harrier on structure. It is very similar to the female Montagu's Harrier, but has darker and more uniform secondaries (shorter, upper "arm" feathers) from below.

 

Pallid Harriers hunt small mammals, lizards and birds, surprising them as they drift low over fields and moors.