Story: Birds of prey

Harrier adult and juvenile

Harrier adult and juvenile

Adult harriers (top) are reddish brown and more strongly flecked than juveniles (bottom). In adults, the cere (area above the bill) is yellow. Males have bright yellow eyes, and females paler yellow. Juveniles are darker and have a white patch at the back of the head.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Birds of prey - Swamp harrier', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015