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Photo © by AyuwatJ
Cho Lae, Chiangmai, Thailand
Circus melanoleucos


Adult male - head, nape, ,throat, breast, back, scapulars black, upper tail coverts white with grey barring, yellow eyes, yellow or green cere, feet yellow-orange.

Adult female - dark brown crown, nape, upper side, tail grey brown with 5 broad brown bands, white underpart, brown eyes, grey cere and yellow legs.


East and South-East Asia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open grasslands, swamps, marshes and paddyfields.



Diet includes frogs, lizards, ground birds and insects.


Nests made of grass, reeds and weeds are built on the ground. 4-5 white-green eggs are laid. The female incubates for 30 days and both parents feed the young.


In display the male's call is keee-veeee and the female's a rapid kee-kee-kee, or a rapid chattering chak-chak-chak-chak-chak-chak, rather like the call of a magpie.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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