Montagu's harriers are the smallest and most elegant of the four harriers in the Netherlands. A summer guest that arrives only in late april or may from winter areas in Afrika and returns to Afrika in August or September.  A rare breeder in fields, mainly Groningen. Used to breed in dunes, moorelands and swamps. An intensive protection program prevented the bird to disappear from the Netherlands as breeding bird.

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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: Beninger slikken, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Four remiges, Female
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: Northeast Groningen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Female
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: Northeast Groningen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Male, Long, lean wings...
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: Northeast Groningen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Female
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: La janda, Andalusia, Spain

Remarks:
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: La janda, Andalusia, Spain

Remarks: Photoshoped the previous picture to complete the bird
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus pygargus
Dutch name: Grauwe kiekendief
Common name: Montagu's harrier
Location: La janda, Andalusia, Spain

Remarks: Male


Field characteristics

Very lean harrier with an elastic flight, almost like a tern. Has only four primaries. Male is dark grey with black wingtips, black stripe on the upside of the wings and bands on the lower side. No white rump. Females and juveniles much smaller than Hen harriers.

Sound:

SInging male and female call.

 

 

 

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