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Northern Harrier - (Circus cyaneus) 



  • Medium-sized hawk with white rump patch
  • Male grey above, white below, wingtips black
  • Female mottled brown
  • Juvenile brown above, cinnamon below
  • 17-23" (43-58 cm.)


  • Marshes, open grasslands

Additional Information

  • Common migrant, uncommon summer
         resident in southwest WI
  • Also known as Marsh Hawk
  • Flies low hunting over fields or marsh
  • Nests on the ground

Northern Harrier flying low across tall grass prairie

Northern Harrier flying overhead 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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