French: Faucon de Dickinson German: Schwarzrückenfalke Spanish: Cernícalo dorsinegro
P. L. Sclater
Chibasa, Shire River, Malawi
SC Africa from Angola E through S DRCongo to SC Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), and S to N Namibia, N Botswana, NE South Africa and SE Mozambique.
27–30 cm; male 169–207 g, female 207–235 g; wingspan 61–68 cm. Stocky falcon with rather flat crown, large eyes and rather large feet. Whitish-grey... read more
High-pitched "keee-keee-keee..." used in contact and alarm, softer and more mewing "... read more
Wooded savanna or clumps of palm trees (Hyphaene and Borassus, Arecaceae),... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds, lizards and chameleons, together with insects, small snakes, rodents, frogs, solifugids and crabs (latter found in one... read more
Laying Jul–Dec (peak Sept–Oct), becoming later towards S of range, with a record of nestlings in Malawi in late May indicating... read more
Territorial pairs resident in many areas of C Africa. Some local movements reported, e.g. in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to scarce in much of range, and declining at least locally, but large areas of good habitat remain, some of it in... read more
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