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Pallid Harrier
Circus macrourus

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Medium-sized harrier (L 45 cm). Male and female have different size and coloration as other species of genus Circus. The Palid Harrier is a rare and poorly known species in Europe. The species prefers to nests on the ground in uncultivated grasslands or humid meadows. The principal pry is small rodents, lizards and small birds, especialy fledglings. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The world population is not more than 20,000 pairs. It is threatened by the wide-scale transformation of virgin steppe grassland to arable agriculture and by overgrazing of wet pastures. It is also possible that the species is sensitive to pesticides.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : occasional

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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