Definition of marsh harrier in English:

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marsh harrier

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A dark-backed Old World harrier that frequents marshes and reed beds.
  • Genus Circus, family Accipitridae: several species
Example sentences
  • We spotted teal, shoveller, shelduck, Bewick swans, redshank, snipe and a marsh harrier flying low across the reedbeds - a wonderful sight.
  • Any list of Norfolk ornithological successes must include the marsh harrier.
  • At the laundry pond a marsh harrier was harassing the ducks and coots, flying low over them and flushing them out of the reeds and into open water.
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