Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

(C. c. cyaneus)

Armenian Name: Դաշտային մկնաճուռակ
Northern Harrier

See Plate 10 for Northern Harrier and other similar species

Resident Status: Winter visitor
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:44-52 cm, Wing Span:100-120 cm
Distribution Map: Map 36.
Description: Male has gray upperparts; gray breast contrasts with white belly. Tips of wings are black, trailing edge of wing is dark gray to black. Female is gray-brown above, yellow-brown with dense brownish streaking below; banded tail. In flight, both sexes show prominent white rump patch and broad wings with blunt wingtips.
Similar Species: Differs from similar Pallid and Montagu's Harriers by larger body, broader wings with blunter wingtips, and larger white rump patch.
Behavior: When hunting, flies low from just above the ground to a few meters height with wings held in V. Frequently perches on low fence posts or mounds.
Habitat: Mountain steppe, agricultural fields, semidesert.
Food: Small mammals, birds, insects.