Birds of Costa Rica

    ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles)  
Genus: Circus (1 species, 16 worldwide)

Harriers (genus Circus) are medium to large hawks with circular disc shaped faces used for enhanced hearing. Harriers glide beautifully over open areas looking and listening for prey. Wings form a 'V' when soaring.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) Male
Green Cay Nature Center, Delray Beach, Florida, USA  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) Female
Vancouver, Canada  
Photograph by Nigel from Vancouver     Copyright and usage info

The North American harrier.
A Broad-winged Hawk joins a [Northern Harrier] who has an [American Kestrel] pinned to the ground. A rare photo of three raptor species in one frame.
A female Northern Harrier with a pinned [American Kestrel].

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