French: Faucon taita German: Taitafalke Spanish: Halcón taita
Reichenow and Neumann
Taita Hills, Kenya
S Ethiopia S, discontinuously, through SE South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, SW Mozambique and Zimbabwe to NE South Africa (Mpumalanga).
25–28 cm; male 212–233 g, female 297–346 g; wingspan 61–72 cm. Small, stocky, short-tailed falcon with pale grey rump, white throat and rufous patches... read more
Largely silent outside breeding season and possibly only really vocal near nest, where gives loud,... read more
Mainly found in regions of comparatively low rainfall. Favours high cliffs and gorges up to 3800 m... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds of 80–120 g, especially swallows and swifts, but including species as diverse as Rock Pratincole (Glareola... read more
Laying Apr–Jul in E Africa; Aug–Oct (mainly Sept) in S Africa. Favours an unlined scrape or old stick nest at the back of a... read more
Pair usually resident within territory, but some sites occupied sporadically and records,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. Extremely localized and easily overlooked throughout most of its wide range, e.g. in Kenya, where not recently recorded from Taita (Teita) Hills, where... read more
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