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Montagu's harrier

Pronunciation: /ˈmɒntəɡjuːz/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A slender migratory Eurasian bird of prey, the male having pale grey plumage with black wing tips.
  • Circus pygargus, family Accipitridae.
Example sentences
  • They are soon joined by black storks, lesser kestrels, short-toed eagles, Egyptian vultures, sparrowhawks, red and black kites, marsh and Montagu's harriers, ospreys, buzzards, booted eagles and more.
  • At Surlingham, for instance, it became scarce very quickly when a pair of Montagu's harriers nested for five years in succession on one of my marshes near the River Yare.
  • So the juvenile Montagu's harriers have started flying and giving everyone who comes to our viewpoint great views.


Mid 19th century: named after George Montagu (1751–1815), British naturalist.

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