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Montagu's Harrier
Circus pygargus

Map of the common names


The smaller (L 40 cm) and more elegant of the four European harriers. Male and female have different size and coloration. The Montagu's Harrier inhabits generally in large fields of cereals, but also pastures, low scrub and river meadows. Feed almost exclusively on small mammals. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

There has been a marked decline in recent years. The major factors limiting the species are nest destruction through cereal's harvest, hunting and loss of habitat. The birds nests frequently between fields of cereal, but advanced harvest due to modern farming practices takes place when chicks did not yet leave the nest.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 4,000 / 8,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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