French: Faucon crécerellette German: Rötelfalke Spanish: Cernícalo primilla
southern Germany and Switzerland; error = Sicily
Iberia, S France and N Africa E through SE Europe, Asia Minor, Levant and Iran to S Siberia, Mongolia and N China (E to Inner Mongolia and W Shandong). Winters in Africa S of Sahara; also in Mediterranean#R region and locally in parts of S Asia.
28–32 cm; male 90–172 g, female 138–208 g; wingspan 58–73 cm. Unspotted above; greater upperwing-coverts blue-grey; underparts less spotted than in... read more
Mainly silent, except around breeding sites, when gives high-pitched, rasping “chay chay... read more
Open areas in hot, dry climates; little or low vegetation, e.g. steppe, pastures, semi desert,... read more
Food and feeding
Fair variety of aerial and terrestrial insects, often constituting over 90% of prey. Mainly Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, crickets)... read more
Laying mainly in May; in NW Africa and S Spain from mid Apr. Colonial, normally in groups of no more than 25 pairs, occasionally as few as... read more
Mainly trans-Saharan migrant, although some birds winter in NW Africa and in various regions of S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Drastic and apparently widespread decline in second half of 20th century which led the species to be treated as Vulnerable... read more
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