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Male Marsh Hawk

This is a male Marsh Hawk , but they are better known as the Harrier. The Harrier jet was named after this bird of prey, because they can both take off vertically (without a landing strip). The males are pale gray, and the females are streaked brown. The Marsh Hawk has a 18-24 inch wingspan. In the summer they live in meadows and bushy marshes from the Gulf of Mexico north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In the winter they live in New England and the Great Lakes area.

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