Northern Harrier

The northern harrier sketch painting. Bird art drawing by illustrator Artmagenta.
Northern Harrier bird painting

The Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) is a migratory bird that breeds across the northern parts of the northern hemisphere, in Canada, America and northern Eurasia. In winter, the Palearctic populations move to more southern areas of Europe, northern Africa and temperate Asia, and occurs as far north as in southern Sweden and northern Britain. The nearktiska populations move to the southern region of the U.S., to Mexico and Central America. In the milder breeding areas, such as France, Britain and southern U.S. the Northern Harrier can occur year round.

The Northern Harrier is a bird of prey that nests in moorland and wetlands, but also in the culture districts in Eurasia.

The birds place their nest on the ground.

The Northern Harrier hunts small mammals and birds by slowly gliding over fields and moors. During hunt the harrier often emits sounds.

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