IWRC Raptor ID Series
Northern Harrier Characteristics
Adult Male

lemon irises
gray hood
white around eyes
head flat on top
gray wings with black bar on edge of secondaries , both top & underside
black patch on primaries
gray tail with black bands
white rump coverts
purplish blue inside mouth
black on tongue
Adult Female

(photo of spread female wing needed)
yellow irises
brown hood
tawny around eyes
facial disk with tawny rim
head flat on top
barred, pale gray remiges
dark bar on edge of secondaries
gray tail with dark bands
outer tail feathers are tawny
white rump coverts
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