Definition of Marsh hawk
1. Noun. Common harrier of North America and Europe; nests in marshes and open land.
Group relationships: Circus, Genus Circus
Generic synonyms: Harrier
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Marsh Hawk
Literary usage of Marsh hawk
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1840)
"Quills and tail feathers covered with velvety down. marsh hawk. ... The flight of the marsh hawk, although light and elegant, cannot be said to be either ..."
2. Handbook of Birds of the Western United States: Including the Great Plains by Florence Merriam Bailey (1921)
"marsh hawk. Bill with conspicuous bristles; face encircled by an owl-like ruff of short feathers; tarsus slender, much longer than middle toe and claw; ..."
3. Bird-life: A Guide to the Study of Our Common Birds by Frank Michler Chapman, Ernest Thompson Seton (1897)
"marsh hawk. Length, 20-00 Inches. Adult male, upper parts gray ; under parts white with rusty spots ; upper tail-coverts white. Adult female and young, ..."
4. Wake-robin by John Burroughs (1904)
"VII A YOUNG marsh hawk MOST country boys, I fancy, know the marsh hawk. It is he you see flying low over the fields, beating about bushes and marshes and ..."