Circus macrourus (S.G. Gmelin, 1770) - Pallid Harrier

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Pale Harrier.
 
This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

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This species is uncommon. It inhabits steppe and wetlands of semi-arid areas up to 4,000m. It is migratory, breeding in Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Romania, Azerbaijan and Turkey, and wintering in Southeast Europe, North Africa, and in the Indian subcontinent (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 
According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 18,000-30,000 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from breeding habitat disturbance due to large-scale agricultural practices and overgrazing (BirdLife International 2018).
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka1
Kerala1
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra121133
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan12
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total121255
BirdLife International 2018. Circus macrourus . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22695396A132304131. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22695396A132304131.en. Accessed on 15 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Circus macrourus (S.G. Gmelin, 1770) – Pallid Harrier. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/circus-macrourus, accessed 2024/06/25.