Genus: Circus (harriers) 

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The 16 species are found worldwide, with five species occurring in southern Africa. 

Species indigenous to southern Africa

Circus aeruginosus (Western marsh-harrier, European marsh-harrier) 

Circus macrourus (Pallid harrier) 

Circus maurus (Black harrier) 

Circus pygargus (Montagu's harrier) 

Circus ranivorus (African marsh-harrier) 

 
 

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