from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A harrier of the genus Circus, especially C. œruginosus: so called from their fondness for hunting for frogs in marshy places. See harrier, 2.


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  • Those who shoot duck have occasion often to say hard things of the marsh-harrier and the peregrine falcon, because these birds are apt to come as unbidden guests to the shoot and carry off wounded duck and teal before the _shikari_ has time to retrieve them.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • Lincoln's sparrow; these, with a large marsh-harrier and a colony of cliff-swallows, completed my bird catalogue at this place.

    Birds of the Rockies


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