Madagascar Marsh-harrier

Madagascar Marsh-harrier

Madagascar Marsh-harrier by Karryl Salit
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
ACCIPITRIDAE
Order: 
ACCIPITRIFORMES
Genus: 
Circus
Species: 
macrosceles
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Newton, 1863
Medium: 
cast aluminum
The Madagascar or Malagasy marsh harrier flies low over the ground. When it spots its prey it drops quickly down on its target. Long wings and tail are its aids. Males are about 16.5”- 22” long. Their backs are dark while their heads are light grayish with dark streaks. Forewings and wingtips are Dark while the secondaries are grey with dark bars. The ladies are more brown and are a bit larger. A beautiful bird indeed. The Malagasy marsh harrier is found in Madagascar and on the Comoro Islands in the Indian ocean. They enjoy marshlands around lakes and grassland.Their nests are on the ground or low brush. Favorite foods are birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents and insects. Habitat loss caused by uncontrolled burning of home lands as well as converting more land into rice fields is taking a toll on the marsh harrier. People raiding nests for eggs contribute to the declining numbers.