Birds of Colombia

    ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks and Eagles)  
Genus: Circus (3 species, 16 worldwide)

Harriers (genus Circus) are medium to large hawks with circular disc shaped faces used for enhanced hearing. Harriers glide beautifully over open areas looking and listening for prey. Wings form a 'V' when soaring.


Long-winged Harrier
Long-winged Harrier (Circus buffoni) Male
Uruguay
  Male may have white front or be almost entirely soory grey (sooty or melanistic morph).
   
Photograph by Dario Niz   This image has been placed in the public domain.

Long-winged Harrier
Long-winged Harrier (Circus buffoni) Immature
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  Immature sooty morph.
   
Photograph by Cláudio D. Timm     Copyright and usage info

Long-winged Harrier
Long-winged Harrier (Circus buffoni) Female
French Guiana
  A typical female.
   
Photograph by Michel GIRAUD-AUDINE   © All Rights Reserved.

Always found outside of the forest (trees get in the way of long wings).

Cinereous Harrier
Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus) Male
Argentina  
   
Photograph by Dominic Sherony     Copyright and usage info

Cinereous Harrier
Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus) Male
Laguna Nimez Reserve, El Calafate, Argentina
  Note white underwing and grey chest and back of male.
   
Photograph by Graham Montgomery   © All Rights Reserved.

Cinereous Harrier
Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus) Female
Laguna Nimez Reserve, Santa Cruz, Argentina  
   
Photograph by Graham Montgomery   © All Rights Reserved.

Male is cinereous (greyish). Note rufous barring on both sexes.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) Male
Green Cay Nature Center, Delray Beach, Florida, USA  
   

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) Female
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA  
   

The north American harrier.


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