Oriental hobby

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Oriental hobby
Oriental Hobby - Falco severus - Falco (2526569907).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
F. severus
Binomial name
Falco severus
Horsfield, 1821

The Oriental hobby (Falco severus) is a species of falcon typically 27–30 cm long. It can be found in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, across the eastern Himalayas and ranges southwards through Indochina to Australasia.[2] It has been recorded as a vagrant from Malaysia.

Diet and habitats[edit]

The Oriental hobby feeds mainly on insects and birds, and has in rare instances been observed as catching bats.[3] Its typical habitats are lowland forested areas and woodland. It nests in used nest of other birds either in trees, on building ledges or on cliffs.


Adult is rich chestnut below, bluish-grey above with a black hood and pale throat. Juvenile has black streaks on its rufous chest and has a mottled back.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Falco severus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22696470A93565954. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22696470A93565954.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Birding-Aus Mailing List Archives
  3. ^ Mikula, P.; Morelli, F.; Lučan, R. K.; Jones, D. N.; Tryjanowski, P. (2016). "Bats as prey of diurnal birds: a global perspective". Mammal Review. 46 (3): 160–174. doi:10.1111/mam.12060.

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