northern harrier


: a widely distributed brown or grayish hawk (Circus cyaneus) that inhabits open and marshy regions and has a conspicuous white patch on the rump

called also marsh hawk

Illustration of northern harrier

Illustration of northern harrier

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More vegetation along the wetlands means better nesting for mallards, northern harrier hawks and other species. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of northern harrier was in 1980

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“Northern harrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

northern harrier

: a common brown or grayish hawk especially of fields and marshes that has a white patch on the upper side near the base of the tail
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