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hen harrier

noun British.
  1. northern harrier.
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Origin of hen harrier

First recorded in 1555–65
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Examples from the Web for hen harrier

Historical Examples of hen harrier

  • The hen-harrier breeds only in the Orkneys and the Outer Hebrides.

    Birds in Flight

    W. P. Pycraft

  • The Hen-Harrier (circus cyaneus), a more active bird than the buzzard, is another of the “Ichabods.”

  • Ringteal or ringtail is the female of the Circus cyaneus or hen-harrier, another species of falcon.

  • The one in question, Lucien said, was the “marsh-hawk,” sometimes also called the “hen-harrier” (Falco uliginosus).

  • When out grouse shooting one day I saw a hen-harrier strike and kill a grouse just beyond gunshot.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

British Dictionary definitions for hen harrier

hen harrier

  1. a common harrier, Circus cyaneus, that flies over fields and marshes and nests in marshes and open landUS and Canadian names: marsh hawk, marsh harrier
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