English: Red-footed Falcon,
Western Red-footed Falcon
French: Faucon kobez
Mongolian: Турамтай шонхор
Japanese: ニシアカアシチョウゲンボウ (Nishi-akaashi-chogenbo)
Body Length: 28-34
Wing span: 65-76 cm
Summer visitor winters in Africa. Vagrant to Britain & Ireland, usually
about 5-10 annually. Breeds colonially, rarely singly, in open country with
stands of trees, on steppe, by meadows and in open river valleys. Food mainly
insects. Nests in old nest of corvid, often in rookery; may breed among Rooks.
Medium small falcon, silhouette recalling both Kestrel and Hobby depending on
how tail length is perceived. Active flight often Kestrel like with rather
loose wingbeats, but habit of catching insects in flight strongly recalls
Hobby. Often hovers alights on ground, walks, hovers again, etc.
♂: Unique combination of dark blue-grey body and coverts, dull red ‘trousers’
and undertail, and pale silver-grey flight-feathers. Cere and feet are deep
summer ♂: Variable amount of blue-grey in plumage, but invariably underwing is
barred as on juvenile, and underbody at least partly rufous.
♀: Virtually unstreaked pale rufous-buff underparts; back slate-grey, barred
dark; head yellowish-white; feet and cere orange.
Underparts rich buff, streaked dark; short, dark moustachial stripe and mark
through eye; underwing has prominent dark trailing edge; cere and feet yellow.