Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Adult: Slightly smaller than the Northern Goshawk; males usually smaller than females. Harriers express sexual dimorphism in color; females are brown and males are gray.
Tail: Long, 4 indistinct bands of light and dark gray. White uppertail coverts (rump patch) can be seen from above.
Wings: Long and narrow with black wing tips. Underwings are streaked and light in color.
Head: Owl-like facial disk, white feathers around the eye with a stripe running through.
Eye: Orange to red.
Similar to adult female, usually more cinnamon in color.
All open treeless areas including marshes, agricultural fields, and grasslands. Commonly observed flying or hovering close
to the ground. Harriers are ground nesting species.
Summer: common resident statewide; Winter: present in southern 1/3 of the state.
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