Northern Harrier

Circus hudsonius

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

NOHA

Code 6

CIRCYA

ITIS

HEAD

Northern Harrier Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Adult males, iris and edge of eyelid are lemon to orange yellow. In females, iris remains brown with yellow flecks in the first year; by end of second calendar year, 50% yellow; by end of third year, mostly yellow.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Gray
  • Forehead Color: Gray
  • Nape Color: Gray
  • Throat Color: Gray
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Northern Harrier Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 41-61 cm (16-24 in)
  • Weight: 530 g (18.69 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Dark Gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Spotted or speckled

FLIGHT

Norther-Harrier Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Several deep wing beats alternate with long glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 97-122 cm (38-48 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Large gray or dark brown bands.
  • Upper Tail: Gray with darker bands.
  • Under Tail: White with dark bands.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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