Northern Harrier

 

Harriers are hawks known for their distinctive hunting behavior, flying low over open marsh (hence the old name ‘marsh hawk’) or field searching for prey. A diurnal (daytime) raptor, Harrier males, females, and juveniles can easily be recognized by their white rumps. The diskshaped face of the Harrier helps to amplify sounds, allowing the Harrier to hear better than most Hawks.

Latin Name: Circus Cyaneus

Habitat: Marsh, River

Diet: rodents, reptiles, occasionally birds