French: Crécerelle malgache German: Madagaskarfalke Spanish: Cernícalo de Aldabra
Other common names:
Malagasy Spotted Kestrel
Subspecies and Distribution
F. n. aldabranus
Grote, 1928 – Aldabra I (N of Madagascar).
F. n. newtoni
(Gurney, Sr, 1863) – Madagascar.
25 cm; male 85–130 g, female 122–159 g; wingspan 49–63 cm. No other Falco in Madagascar has rufous upperparts. Relatively small falcon, with short... read more
Considered very vocal, especially during breeding season, calling from treetops, atop buildings and... read more
Open country to 2450 m, but mainly below 1800 m, in areas of natural grassland, marshes, also... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly insects (Orthoptera, cockroaches, beetles, grasshoppers, mantises, locusts and Lepidoptera), which are suggested to comprise... read more
Season mainly Sept–Nov, though copulation noted Jul. Fledglings noted late Nov and early Jan. Monogamous and territorial. Nests in... read more
No regular movements reported, but appearance of vagrants on the Comoro Is suggests some dispersal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II; possible race aldabranus included on CITES I. Common and widespread on Madagascar, where cultivation, urbanization... read more
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