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Australiasian Harrier, Marsh Harrier
Breeding season: September to December. Clutch size is three to six. Nest is made from grasses and straw, hidden above the water in dense reeds in a swamp or in crops or long grass near water. Usually nest in single pairs. The female incubates and broods the young. The males hunt for food. He transfers the food to the females in the air, before she feeds it to the young. Many move north in late summer and autumn. They migrate in groups and often roost in groups on the ground.
Dark brown above, with a white rump. Wings are long and broad, with 5 'fingers' on the wing tips in flight.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Swamp Harriers are easily disturbed at the nest and will abandon their eggs if approached by people.
Carnivore. Hunts for birds and eggs, large insects, frogs, reptiles and small mammals, up to the size of hares and rabbits.
Found in terrestrial wetlands and open country, including fresh and salt wetlands, often in deep swamps with emergent reeds and over open water.
Native to Australia