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Photo © by rka
Caroni Ricefields, Trinidad, October 2018
Circus buffoni


46–60 cm (18-23½ in); the largest harrier
It has an owl-like face and, when perched, the wing-tips almost reach the end of the tail.
There are two morphs:

  • The pale morph in flight shows almost white underparts, and a white rump.
  • The dark morph is dark below with no obvious white rump.


in flight, noticeably long wings and a long tail and with a rather elegant style.


Photo © by arthurgrosset
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004

South America: occurs on Trinidad and Tobago, eastern Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas.

Also breeds further south in eastern Chile, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Tropical lowlands, in open areas, wheat and rice fields; also lakes, marshes and flooded grasslands and mangroves.



Their diet consists of land and aquatic birds, reptiles (particularly lizards), frogs, and small mammals.


Resident. It is partly migratory and does move within this area.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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