Utah Bird Profile
 Northern Harrier - Circus cyaneus

Name Roots: (L. circus, "a kind of hawk" [circling in the air] - Gr. kyaneous, "dark blue")

In Utah:   
characteristic behaviors:
Nests on the ground or in a shrub at a height of <5 feet, in a platform nest. This species is not a cowbird host. This species is a carnivore: ground hawker.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in wet meadow and high desert scrub habitats.

by John Crawley

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