Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
aka Western Marsh Harrier

Eurasian Marsh Harriers are large, 22" (55cm) predator birds. The male has brown on the upperparts and buff underparts, with streaking on the breast. A cream-buff crown, nape and throat. Reds and yellows in the breast feathers. Some grey-silver feathers in its top wings and tail. Underparts of the wings have paler feathers with black tips. The female is darker brown. These are a much heavier built birds than other Harriers.

The Eurasian Marsh Harrier is almost always seen alone, unless at breeding time.

Eurasian Marsh Harriers eat insects (especially flying termites), fish, frogs and smaller mammals, birds and reptiles.

Eurasian Marsh Harriers are resident in Kenya from October to April and seen in west and central Kenya, below 2,500 metres and always near water.

Extra Eurasian Marsh Harrier Facts
Eurasian Marsh Harrier males take two and sometimes three females at breeding time, often making a nest from sticks and reeds, in a reedbed. Each female will lay up to eight eggs, although four is more common. Males assist with feeding the chicks. Occasionally, a pair of European Marsh Harriers will mate for several seasons.

Photographed beside Kenya's Lake Baringo.

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Eurasion Marsh Harrier

Western (Eurasion) Marsh Harrier, perched in tree beside Lake Baringo, Kenya.