Finding And Photographing The Pallid Harrier

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Pallid Harriers can survive with the most inhospitable regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. However, this lightly built raptor spends the winter again south.



The pallid harrier appears slender and agile with its very long and narrow wings and tail. The males are identical similar to male hen harriers can mean; Their plumage is light-grey with black wingtips and a bright underside. Females look almost identical to females Montagu’s harrier. They are foul brown in colour and have a distinct dotted pattern on the underside as well as a barred tail.



The pallid harrier feels carefree in steppe areas, more precisely in those of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. They mainly breed in Kazakhstan and Asiatic Russia with minor populations breeding in Ukraine, Turkey and Romania.

During winter, however, it gets a little too cold even for these robust birds of bully. From September they move to Burma in Southeast Asia, India and sub-Saharan Africa.


Behaviour and interesting facts

Pallid harriers essentially silage on small rodents like voles or susliks. They hunt by flying quite close to the ground and catching their prey by surprise. They also investigate smaller birds like young larks and pippits and will even grab lizards or large insects when food is scarce.

The female does myriad of the work on the nest. It is built on the ground with straw and grass under the protection of shrubs or high grass. The female lays three to six eggs and develops them alone for a month. After hatching, the female will take care of the chicks while the male hunts and provides food. Tardier, the chicks are fed by both parents and leave the nest after approximately 40 days. They’ll stay with their parents for 3 profuse weeks before becoming fully independent.

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The pallid harrier is the most endangered species among the European harrier mainly because of pesticide use and conversion of its realm into arable agriculture.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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