Montagu’s Harrier (Male)
Montagu’s Harrier (Immature)
Montagu’s Harrier (Male)
Montagu’s Harrier (Male)
Scientific Name 
Circus pygargus
Arabic Name 
أبو شودة
Kuwaiti name 
مساح الريضان , حقبي
115.0 cm
46.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant. The bulk of this small raptor’s migration movement is west of the Gulf.
Where in Kuwait 
A species usually seen migrating singly, often in both desert and farmland habitats in Kuwait.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and breed across southern and central Europe and Asia, and over-winter in Africa and India. Hunting behaviour is similar to that of the Marsh harrier, and involves slow back and forth flight close to the ground. When prey is located the bird suddenly drops onto the quarry, with talons outstretched.
Local threats 
Habitat degradation and shooting.