The first record of Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus (Aves: Accipitridae) in West Bengal, India

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Suman Pratihar
Niloy Mandal


One Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus subadult female was identified and photographed in December, 2019 in West Bengal, India.  This is the first record from the state.

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