French: Busard de Gould German: Sumpfweihe Spanish: Aguilucho lagunero del Pacífico
Other common names:
Vanua Levu, Fiji
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. gouldi
Bonaparte, 1850 – Australia (except arid interior), Tasmania and New Zealand, and Chatham Is.
C. a. approximans
Peale, 1848 – Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Loyalty Is E through Melanesia and W Polynesia to Tonga.
48–61 cm; male 392–740 g, larger female 622–1080 g; wingspan 118–145 cm. A typical marsh harrier, a bulky harrier with long, round-tipped and well-... read more
Male call in display is a far-carrying and descending "wheeoo", while female version is... read more
Terrestrial, estuarine and coastal wetlands, grasslands, crops and pasture, from sea level up to... read more
Food and feeding
Mammals (especially rabbits on Tasmania), birds and eggs, reptiles, amphibians, fish, large insects and carrion, which latter source is... read more
Sept–Feb; mainly lays Oct–Dec in Australia. Solitary; rarely polygynous and occasionally polygamous. Undulating sky-dance... read more
Migratory in S (e.g. virtually entire Tasmanian population vacates the island in winter, especially... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common in suitable habitat, but local declines where wetlands drained. Nests vulnerable to human disturbance. Only became... read more
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