Swamp Harrier

(Circus approximans)
Christina Port

Best Times/ Seasons

Summer to autumn months.


The Swamp Harrier is found in terrestrial wetlands and open country of tropical and temperate areas. It is mainly seen in fresh or salt wetlands, often in deep swamps with emergent reeds and over open water.


The Swamp Harrier hunts for birds and eggs, large insects, frogs, reptiles and small mammals up to the size of hares or rabbits. When hunting they search for prey by gliding low to the ground or water, then drop down on to their prey.

Other Information

The Swamp Harrier is easily disturbed at the nest and will abandon their eggs and even downy young if approached by people.


Last updated : Thu 27 Jun 2019