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Montagu's Harrier - Circus pygargus - male. Wingspan 100-115cm. Graceful raptor with slow, buoyant flight. Adult male has mainly blue-grey with a smaller white rump than male Hen Harrier. Note black wingtips, single dark bar on upperwing, two dark bars on underwings, chestnut barring on underwings coverts and streaked belly. Adult female is pale brown with darker barring on wings and tail, streaking on underparts, and narrow white rump. Juvenile recalls an adult female but underparts and underwing coverts are orange-red and unstreaked. Voice – mainly silent. Status and habitat - A summer visitor to Britain, present May-September. A few pairs breed each year in arable farmland and on heathland.
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Montagu's Harrier - Circus pygargus - male. Wingspan 100-115cm. Graceful raptor with slow, buoyant flight. Adult male has mainly blue-grey with a smaller white rump than male Hen Harrier. Note black wingtips, single dark bar on upperwing, two dark bars on underwings, chestnut barring on underwings coverts and streaked belly. Adult female is pale brown with darker barring on wings and tail, streaking on underparts, and narrow white rump. Juvenile recalls an adult female but underparts and underwing coverts are orange-red and unstreaked. Voice – mainly silent. Status and habitat - A summer visitor to Britain, present May-September. A few pairs breed each year in arable farmland and on heathland.

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Date: 18 Apr 2009
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