Western Marsh Harrier (Immature)
Western Marsh Harrier (Male)
Western Marsh Harrier (Male)
Scientific Name 
Circus aeruginosus
Arabic Name 
مرزة البطائح الغربية
Kuwaiti name 
مساح الريضان , حقبي
130.0 cm
55.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant; scarce winter visitor and rare summer visitor. A species closely associated with reed beds and wetlands but also observed in farmlands and various open habitats on migration.
Where in Kuwait 
Usually associated with wetlands and more often seen in the Jahra Area around reed fringed inland pools.
In the world 
Found in Europe, the Middle East, Central and northern Asia, and parts of Africa. Hunting occurs at a height of two to six metres above ground; when prey is located the bird suddenly drops down with its talons outstretched. Food taken includes small mammals and birds, carrion and sometimes insects, frogs and fish.
Local threats 
Habitat degradation and shooting.