The Montagu's harrier is a medium-size, long-winged and tailed, slim bird of prey. These birds are slightly smaller than a buzzard and the wings are slightly more pointed than the closely related hen harrier. Males are grey from above with females being more of a dark brown colour. When flying, you'll see a black stripe on the inner wing and black on the tips of the wings.
The Montagu's harrier is an exceptionally rare breeding bird here in the UK. Breeding pairs require special protection. Generally, these birds are increasingly nesting on arable farmland instead of marshland.
They are visitors to the UK in summer and migrate to Africa during winter.
Their diets consist of rabbits, shrews, moles, small birds and insects.
Europe’s smallest eagle, the booted eagle, otherwise known as the Booted Hawk Eagle, prefers the warmer climes of southern Europe and south central Asia and whilst not threatened globally, its population within Europe is showing signs of decline.
A member of the sub-family of booted eagles due to its feather covered legs and named after the famous Italian ornithologist Franco Andrea Bonelli, the species is considered endangered across Europe but secure elsewhere within its range.