The Marsh Harrier, also called the Western or Eurasian Marsh Harrier, is native to much of Eurasia from Spain in the west to Kazakhstan in the east, some wintering in Africa and India.
Adult male plumage includes white/light
wing panels and tail and black wing tips. Both have pale
Female plumage is brown and less streaky
than the male, with brown wings and tail but a white/pale
head and "shoulders".
The wingspan is well over a metre and
can reach nearly 1.5 metres. They hunt over marshes and reedbeds
The Marsh Harrier is
particularly noted for its aerobatic courting display in
which male and female perform aerial rolls and hang upside
They almost lock feet in mid air in their "circus" display.