French: Crécerelle des Seychelles German: Seychellenfalke Spanish: Cernícalo de las Seychelles
Islands of Seychelles, in W Indian Ocean. On Mahé and its satellites (St Anne, Cerf, Longue and probably Thérèse), Silhouette I and North I; reintroduced to Praslin. Non-breeding visitor to La Digue and Félicité#R; and historically on Curieuse, Marianne and possibly Sisters.
15–24 cm; male averages 73 g, female 88 g; wingspan 44–47 cm. A very small, slim-bodied falcon (the smallest Falco) with a very dark grey head and rump,... read more
In breeding season considered to be relatively vocal, uttering thin, loud and fast "ki-ki-ki... read more
Dense secondary forest with crags, the degraded original habitat on these hilly granitic islands;... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly lizards, especially Mabuya skinks and Phelsuma geckos, but the diet includes insects, small birds, mice, rats,... read more
Laying Aug–Oct (>80% of pairs initiate clutches between 1 Sept and 15 Oct), with season extending to Jan. Nests in cavities,... read more
No movement expected within the restricted island habitats, except for some dispersion between... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES I. Previously considered not globally threatened. Range contracted from seven islands to two between 1880s and 1970s. Total population estimated at 420... read more
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