Circus macrourus   Gmelin,  1789 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 46-51 cm

A slender pale ashy grey hawk with black tips to its long, narrow pointed wings, especially conspicuous in flight. Relatively long white tail cross-barred with grey. Female umber brown with a buff-colored, owl-like ruff round head.

Nesting; Not within Indian limits; in eastern Europe and central Asia, April to June. Nest- A bed of leaves and grass on the ground in a corn field. Eggs- 4 or 5, white, spotted and blotched with reddish brown.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Pallid (Pale) Harrier (English)
• Pallid Harrier
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 10,000 Birds Available at -
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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