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  Montagu's Harrier

 

Circus pygargus

(166) 44 cm; d' 260 g, !f 370 g

F larger than M. Flight pattern more buoyant and slower than Pallid Hamer. Rare dark form occurs (M black, F chocolate, both with dark rumps).

M In flight shows more black in primar­ies than M Pallid Harrier, has black wingbar, and is streaked rufous on underwing coverts, belly, flanks and thighs.

F  Rump white, hence referred to as 'ring tails'. Best distinguished from similar F Pallid Hamer by smaller dark face patch that is confined more to rear of eye (less distinct below eye to base of bill). Streaking on neck reaches dark facial collar (white neck collar indistinct or absent).

JUV  Similar to ad F, but upperparts darker, and with rufous underparts (unstreaked) and underwing coverts; eyes brown.

STATUS  Uncommon non-br Palearctic migrant, present Oct-Apr.

HABITAT  Grassland; usually associated with open pans or flood­plains.

FOOD  Insects and mice.

CALL  Silent in Africa.

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Hrm001

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrm002

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrm003

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrm004

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrm005

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

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