Falcons

Falconidae

The Black Falcon Falco subniger and the Grey Falcon F. hypoleuca are the only endemics of the seven species recorded in Australia. The Australian Hobby F. longipennis, Brown Falcon F. berigora and Nankeen Kestrel F. cenchroides also occur in neighbouring countries, while the Peregrine Falcon F. peregrinus, has a cosmopolitan distribution. The Eurasian Hobby F. subbuteo is known only as a vagrant. All are carnivores or insectivores, with sharp claws, a hook-shaped bills and streamlined body for fast flight.

Nankeen Kestrel

Nankeen Kestrel

This slightly-built (31 to 36cm) falcon is found in most habitats throughout Australia. When observed, its rich rufous upperparts and pale buff underparts, both sparsely spotted and streaked with black, and black-tipped wings and tail, distinguish it from other similar-sized birds of prey. In open woodland and agricultural areas, where it is most common, the Nankeen Kestrel is often seen hovering...