Scientific Name: Circus melanoleucos
Malay Name: Helang-Sawah Hitam-Putih
Chinese Name: 鹊鹞
Found from south-eastern Siberia, north-eastern China to Korea and winters to the Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia
Size: 43-46 cm
Identification: Male is distinctive looking with all black head, breast, upper body and median coverts, large whitish patch on lesser coverts, whitish rest of underparts and black outer primaries contrasting with whitish wings in flight. Female resembles Eastern Marsh Harrier but has small whitish patch along upper edge of lesser coverts and almost unmarked whitish thighs and vent. Juvenile also resembles Eastern Marsh Harrier but has more rufous brown body and wing coverts, indistinct paler bands across blackish secondaries and darkish bars at greyish primaries.
Habitat: Open country, reclaimed land, grasslands and marshes.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Recent sightings were at Changi reclaimed land, Tanah Merah grassland, Pulau Semakau, Kranji Marsh and Telok Blangah Hill.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore