Reunion Harrier

It is about 50 cm long; the female is around 3–15% larger than the male. The male has a blackish head and back with white streaks. The underparts, underwings and rump are white and the tail is grey. The wings are grey and black with a white leading edge. Females and immatures are dark brown with a white rump and barred tail.

The Reunion Harrier is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

had just seen Reunion Harrier in Madagascar, so we didn't count that species as a miss. We did NOT encounter it on Reunion. Mascarene Petrel - Pterodroma aterrima. 31. Only seen once, but got fairly good looks at them. Obviously blackish. Barau's Petrel - Pterodroma baraui. 31, 1. Actually somewhat common, We saw them from the beach in front of our hotel both days. On the bus ride back from St Pierre, we saw a few flying inland to their night roost. More

These are Reunion Harrier, which was seen at La Caroline, Reunion Stonechat, Reunion Cuckoo-shrike, Reunion Bulbul and Reunion Olive White-eye, which were seen at La Roche Ecrite. There are two breeding endemics. Barau’s Petrel, is best observed from St Etienne rivermouth; the river valley is the main one used by breeding birds heading inland. Mascarene Black Petrel is highly unlikely to be seen. After arriving in the Seychelles on Mahe we collected our hire car. More

sub-species of Reunion Harrier Circus maillardi which Howard & Moore 1980 treats as a sub-species of Marsh Harrier . Vasa Parrot Coracopsis vasa: In 1987, the Malagasy Republic issued a stamp showing the smaller Black Parrot Coracopsis nigra although Collecting Birds on Stamps (CBoS) lists this as C. vasa. Both species occur commonly in Madagascar, so I am inclined to accept the captions in both cases. More

Harrier to Reunion Harrier with split of C.macroceles 15. Circus macrosceles is split from C.maillardi (Simmons 2000); recognized by BLI 16. Accipiter hiogaster is split from A. novaehollandiae (Ferguson-Lees & Christie 2001, Christidis & Boles 2008) 17. CHANGE: English name of Accipiter brachyurus to New Britain Sparrowhawk (Gregory 2009) 18. More

The recently separated Reunion Harrier is the rarest of them all: admired and protected in its natal range, it is clearly a must-see species, particularly when you have read about its tiny population. Its sister species, the Madagascar Marsh Harrier, is well treated with remarkable observations relating to birds flushing bats from tree canopies: as Don puts it, '...strange behaviour for a so-called marsh harrier'. More

Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Circus
Species : maillardi
Authority : Verreaux, 1862