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Pallid Harrier

Circus macrourus

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Males are ghostly gray above with black wingtip wedges. Females more difficult to separate from other harriers; pay attention to the underwings with their barred primaries and dark secondaries. Juveniles are rufous and similar to Montagu’s, but appear dark rather than pale faced. In flight, a bit bulkier than Montagu’s but much more buoyant than Hen Harrier. Found in steppes, wet grassland, and agricultural areas. Breeds mainly in Eastern Europe but increasingly recorded in Western Europe.

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