Species Details

@Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);

Pied Harrier Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Circus melanoleucos
Family : Accipitridae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Pied Harrier is a long-winged bicoloured raptor. Black-and-white in the male and brown-and-grey in the female (adult bird length approximately 48 cm, weight 254 g, wing 36.5 cm, bill 2.4 cm, tarsus 8.1 cm, tail 21.6 cm). The male is smaller than the female. The male has a black head and grey tail. The female has dark brown upperparts, a brown streaked head and breast, and whitish belly. It feeds on small mammals, frogs, lizards, and grasshoppers. It may occasionally take weak, small birds. This eagle builds its nests in steppes and the surrounding wetlands. During the wintering season, these eagles are frequently observed hunting above rice paddies and marshes.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Alex Thomas(www.xeno-canto.org/Alex Thomas), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.