Circus melanoleucus

Circus melanoleucus, Forst.

53. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 98 ; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 307.

THE PIED HARRIER.

Length, 17 to 18; wing, 14; tail, 8 ; tarsus, 2.9 ; mid-toe and claw, 1.6.

Bill and cere black ; irides yellow ; legs yellow.

Whole head, neck, breast, back, upper scapulars, middle wing-coverts and primary quills black ; the greater-coverts and secondaries, and some of the scapulars, beneath the others, pale grey; the lesser-coverts and shoulders partially white mixed with some grey; upper tail-coverts mixed white and grey; beneath from the breast pure white ; tail pure grey, unbarred, paling on the outer feathers.

The wings reach nearly to the end of the tail. Sexes alike. Dr. Jerdon remarks that the Pied Harrier is rare in the Deccan and Central India, but common in Bengal.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Circus melanoleucus
Spp Author: 
Forst.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
52
Common name: 
Pied Harrier
M_ID: 
3036
M_CN: 
Pied Harrier
M_SN: 
Circus melanoleucos
id: 
11233

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