“Austria, Italia” = Neusiedler See, Lower Austria.
Closely related to P. chihi, which was formerly considered a race of present species; hybrids reported in captivity, but not known under natural conditions in narrow zone of overlap (S Louisiana, USA). Populations of Philippines, Indonesia and Australia have been separated as race peregrinus, but recent studies show that differences are not significant. Monotypic.
Wide discontinuous breeding distribution from S Europe, Africa and Madagascar (also Agalega in W Indian Ocean) to C & S Asia, Philippines, Sulawesi and Java; S New Guinea and Australia (except arid interior); also Atlantic coast of North America and West Indies to NC Venezuela. Occurs more widely as a vagrant.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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