French: Faucon lanier German: Lannerfalke Spanish: Halcón borní
Other common names:
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
F. b. feldeggii
Schlegel, 1843 – S Italy and Sicily E to Azerbaijan, then S to Lebanon.
F. b. erlangeri
O. Kleinschmidt, 1901 – NW Africa from Mauritania to Morocco and Tunisia.
F. b. tanypterus
Schlegel, 1843 – NE Africa, including Libya, Egypt and N Sudan, E to Israel, Jordan and Arabia.
F. b. abyssinicus
Neumann, 1904 – Senegal E to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, and S to Uganda and N DRCongo.
F. b. biarmicus
Temminck, 1825 – Angola, S DRCongo and Kenya S to South Africa.
39–48 cm; male 430–600 g, female c. 700–900 g; wingspan 88–113 cm. Fairly large falcon with bluish-grey or brownish-grey upperparts and pale... read more
During breeding season utters mostly harsh cackling notes and screaming sounds, e.g. “schreeeee”, “... read more
Highly variable, from dry, flat, open desert to wet, often forested mountains up to 5000 m... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds, especially quails and columbids, augmented by rodents (Arvicanthus rats in Ethiopia), bats, lizards (... read more
Rarely polyandrous. Lays Feb–May in S Europe and N Africa; Jan–Mar in Sahara, W & NE Africa, coinciding with northward... read more
Resident in areas of more stable climate; local N–S migrant in W Africa; extensive movements... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and generally common in Africa, even in populated areas. In Transvaal of South Africa, estimated total... read more
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