Western Marsh Harrier

Sexual dimorphism is very pronounced in this bird in terms of size and color. The female of the Western Marsh Harrier is larger than the male and somewhat reminiscent of a buzzard (though substantially slimmer). Its plumage is dark brown, with cream-colored marks on the head. It has yellow legs with long toes, armed with strong and sharp claws with which the bird captures and carries prey. The male is mostly brown and of much lighter color than the female. The Western Marsh Harrier is the largest European harrier.

 

Western Marsh Harrier

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