|Site Of Nest:
|The nest is built
on the ground or on a mound of dirt or vegetation. Nests are made of
sticks and are lined inside with grass and leaves
Preferred prey species can include voles,
rats and ground
squirrels. Up to 95% of the diet comprises small mammals. However,
birds are hunted with some regularity as well, especially by
Preferred avian prey include passerines of open
(i.e. sparrows, larks, pipits),
small shorebirds and the young of
waterfowl and galliforms. Supplementing the diet
are amphibians (especially frogs), reptiles and insects
such as rabbits and adult ducks are taken
sometimes and harriers
have been known to subdue these by drowning them underwater.
Male: Mainly grey above and white below except for the upper breast,
which is grey like the upperparts, and the rump, which is white; the
wings are grey with black wingtips.
Female: Brown above with white upper tail coverts, hence females, and
the similar juveniles, are often called "ringtails". Their underparts
are buff streaked with brown.
March - June
4 - 8 whitish