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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A subfamily of hawks, of the family Falconidæ, the harriers, having an incomplete facial disk and large ear-parts, as in some owls, a weak toothless bill, and lengthened wings, tail, and legs: a small group represented by the genus Circus and its subdivisions, containing 15 or 20 species, of various parts of the world.


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