Oriental hobby

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Oriental hobby
Oriental Hobby - Falco severus - Falco (2526569907).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: 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.

Identification[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Falco severus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  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. doi:10.1111/mam.12060.

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