Smoky blue-grey above with fine white spots on wings, tail grey with narrow black bands, face and underparts rich chestnut. Immature bird very different: dark-brown above, head buff or pale rufous with dark streaks.
Diurnal, Solitary and nomadic, prey captured on ground, rest and roost on the ground.
Grassland Woodland, plains and other open country; grassy open woodlands and scrubs.
August September October, 2 to 4; bluish-white, no gloss. Both sexes assist in nest building, incubation (32-34 days) and care of brood. Young fledge in 4-6 wks.
Kakadu National Park
Carnivore, Birds; reptiles; small mammals; large insects.
|| Spotted Harrier
|| Circus assimilis
|| Least Concern
|| Male 530 mm
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