Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)


Taita Falcon (Falco fasciinucha)


French: Faucon taita German: Taitafalke Spanish: Halcón taita

Falco fasciinucha

Reichenow and Neumann

, 1895,

Taita Hills, Kenya


DNA data indicate that this species belongs in the F. peregrinus clade#R. In general appearance is most similar to F. severus, and the two previously considered possibly closely related. Monotypic.


S Ethiopia S, discontinuously, through SE South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, SW Mozambique and Zimbabwe to NE South Africa (Mpumalanga).

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Taita Falcon (Falco fasciinucha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 11 December 2019).