African Marsh Harrier
Afrikaans name: Afrikaanse Vleivalk
Typical flight of an African Marsh Harrier hunting
The African Marsh Harrier is found over the eastern half of South Africa as well as the southern bits of the country.
It is a streaky brown colour with the females being a bit darker and more rufous.
Harriers hunt by flying low over grasslands or marshlands looking for prey. These birds can grow to 50 cm, weigh 600 grams with a wingspan of up to 1.2 metres.
They are found singly or in pairs.
The African Marsh Harrier breeds in spring and early summer and makes its nest amongst marshy vegetation.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 135
Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 190
Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 21
Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 61
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 14
Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 386
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 50
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 149
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 144
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 110
The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 87