Circus aeruginosus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Falconiiformes
Family:Accipitridae

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Description
Size: 54-59 cm

Color: Male: Has pale head, grey upperwings with black tips, brown greater coverts and creamy leading edge. Female: Chiefly dark brown with creamy head and leading edge. Juvenile: Entirely dark with pale head and throat.

Voice: Silent

Habits: Solitary, spends time near marshland and jheel

Synonym (s)
Falco aeruginosus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Western Marsh Harrier (English)
• Marsh Harrier (English)
• Kutar, Kulesir, Safed sira (Hindi)
• Karitappi (Malayalam)
• Tella tala pilligadda (Telugu)
• Poonai parundu (Tamil)
• Daldal sasana, Daldal harin (Marathi)
• Pan pattayi/pattai (Gujarati)
• Pan cheel, Tika bauri
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Frogs, fish, weak bird, lizards, feild mice and voles and large insects
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.66) (Long: 76.55) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 76.31) INDIA
• Gujarat, Mahi River estuary INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Muthupet Mangroves (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 79.58) INDIA
• Goa, Taleigao Plateau INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Delhi, Okhla barrage bird sanctuary INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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