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Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus
Photo by www.coffeecreekwc.org

Habitat: Open areas, marshes meadows and cultivated fields.

Description: Male: light grey back, with white belly and has black wing tips. Female: reddish-brown back, and white belly. Both have a white patch on their rump above their tail.

Size: 47-50 cm, 350-400g

Diet: small mammals and birds

Fun Facts: They perform an amazing aerial courtship called “skydancing.”

Sources: W.B. McGillivray, and G. Semenchuk. 1998. The Federation of Alberta Naturalists Field Guide to Alberta Birds. Federation of Alberta Naturalists.

From our Wildlife and Plants Photo Gallery

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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Black fur with a white stripe running in between the eyes, along the head.  Two stripes run along its back from the neck to the tail, where they become one stripe.  A pair of glands on either side of the anus discharges the smelly liquid skunks are famous for.
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