French: Faucon aldrovandin German: Malaienbaumfalke Spanish: Alcotán filipino
Subspecies and Distribution
F. s. severus
Horsfield, 1821 – NW India and Nepal E to S China (Yunnan to SW Guangdong and Hainan), and S through Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina to Java and Philippines; Himalayan birds winter to foothills, in Bangladesh, and in S India and Sri Lanka.
F. s. papuanus
Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1893 – Sulawesi E through Moluccas to New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Is.
24–30 cm; 168–249 g; wingspan 61–69 cm. Small, short-tailed, black-and-rufous falcon; solid rufous underparts separate from other hobbies; female 9% larger... read more
Generally silent, except around nest. Most frequent call is a fast-repeated “kee-kee-kee...” (c. 5... read more
Forest with clearings, from mangroves at sea-level to deciduous and evergreen forest in foothills... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, small birds and bats. Hunts from exposed perch on tall tree; when sights prey, launches direct, rapid, strong flight to capture... read more
Season varies regionally: Apr–Jul in India and Burma; Jun in Java; Mar in Philippines. Stick nest in tree, usually on slope; uses... read more
Populations of Himalayas migratory, moving moving S to W and SW India for winter; others apparently... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Global population estimate 1000–10,000 individuals. Generally considered rare and local, with populations suspected... read more
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