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Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)


Overview

Overview

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus), a bird listed as Special Concern, prefer retired cropland (timothy/quackgrass), old field habitat, sedge meadow, and restored prairies. The recommended avoidance period is from early April through late August. This species is not actively tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database, but it could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of its decline.

State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.


Circus cyaneus is not tracked by the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program at this time (this species is not on the NHI Working List).
Summary Information
State Statusnone
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS3B,S2N
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIW
WWAP m-SIN

Species guidance


A guidance document is not available at this time. However, the bird calendar [PDF] contains dates for avoiding impacts to this and other rare Wisconsin birds when planning management activities.

Photos/Video

Photos


Northern Harrier

The Northern Harrier is an area-sensitve, ground-nesting bird dependent on extensive grassland habitat for breeding and hunting. Pictured here is a nest with chicks.

Photo ©  USFWS.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier in flight. Notice the white rump and the slight v-shaped wing pattern.

Photo © Lana Hays.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier male flies overhead protecting nest at Summerton Bog.

Photo by Rich Staffen, WDNR.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier Chicks.

Photo © Tom Schultz.

Northern Harrier

Photo © Len Blumin.


Last revised: Thursday, May 04, 2017