Circus cyaneus

Family: Hawks and Eagles
Present: Mar - Sept
Diet: birds and mammals
Breeding: 617 pairs
30 pairs on the Isle of Man


Seen on The Isle of Mull - 2016

This bird of prey is the most intensively persecuted, once predating free-range fowl, earning its present name, its effect on the number of grouse available to shoot is the cause of modern conflict and threatens its survival in some parts of the UK, particularly on the driven grouse moors of England and Scotland.

While males are a pale grey colour, females and immatures are brown with a white rump and a long, barred tail which give them the name 'ringtail'. Food mainly consists of meadow pipits and voles.

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