Central Australia BirdsCentral Australia Birds — Index Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

The Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) pictured here was seen at sunrise flying over a placed known as Kunoth Bore in Central Australia. It is a location just 110 km round trip from Alice Springs.

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer

This bird belonging to the group known as raptors, can be found throughout mainland Australia, although they are usually sighted in the semi-arid and arid regions of Australia. This raptor is part of the family Accipitridae, order Accipitriformes, that encompasses many diurnal (daytime) birds of prey, including eagles and hawks.

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer

Common name
Allied Harrier, Jardine’s Harrier, Spotted Swamp-hawk.

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) at sunrise, Kunoth Bore NT © Dorothy Latimer

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Circus
  • Species: Circus assimilis

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