French: Épervier à pieds courts German: Kurzfangsperber Spanish: Gavilán griego
Voronezh Province, Russia
SE Europe, E Ukraine and SW Russia E to W Kazakhstan; more locally in Turkey, Caucasus, Iraq and Iran. Thought to winter mainly in E Sahel zone of sub-Saharan Africa.
30–37 cm; male 140–275 g, female 183–290 g; wingspan 64–74 cm. Adult male dull blue-grey above, breast and belly pale, lightly barred pinkish or... read more
Typical vocalization a series of shrill "keeveek" or "kewick" phrases.
Wooded plains (particularly in river basins), foothills and mountain slopes. Prefers to nest in... read more
Food and feeding
Lizards and large insects such as grasshoppers, locusts, beetles, cicadas, dragonflies; also variety of small birds, including sparrows,... read more
Lays in May or early Jun. Nest a smallish platform of sticks (30 cm wide, 15 cm deep) lined with twigs and sometimes leaves, built in tree... read more
Highly migratory, forming large groups at bottlenecks. Most birds leave breeding areas in Sept and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Size and trend of populations insufficiently known owing in part to identification difficulties and species' secretive... read more
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