|† see also: Accipitridae|
for other groups in this family
A Harrier (generic name Circus) is any of several species of diurnal birds of prey which fly low over meadows and marshes and hunt or harry small animals or birds (hence their common name). The generic scientific name arises from also from the slow circling for prey.
The Northern Hemisphere species are:
The American Northern Harrier is also known as the Marsh Hawk. It is usually classed as conspecific with the Hen Harrier, but is sometimes considered a separate species.
South African species are:
Australasian species are: