Harriers are birds of prey, related to hawks, eagles, and kites. They fly low over meadows and marshes and hunt or harry (bother) small animals or birds. Typical harriers have long wings that they hold in a shallow V in their low flight. They also have distinct male and female plumages. The female is generally larger than the male. Harriers hunt other birds, hares, rabbits, rats, mice, lizards, frogs, fish, and insects. Because they rely heavily on material already dead (carrion), harriers are often killed by cars as they feed on roadsides.
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