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Bird Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)

Dusty Miller

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Common Name: Australian hobby


Scientific Name: Falco longipennis (referes to wing tips)

Family: Falconidae

Order: Falconiformes

Other Names: Little falcon.

Distribution: Throughout Australiand some parts of Asia.

Habitat: Most land surface types (prefers open woody and agricultural) Denser forests are unsuitable but open woodland is its prefered habitat.

Field Notes: Strongly resembles the peregrine falcon, but is much smaller and darker coloured. Migrates into Asia. May shadow the collared sparrowhawk, stooping on prey too fast for the other raptor. This is definitely not a c=operative effort, the sparrohawks often attacking the hobby. Note this example is less than two km from Auscraft shot of the sparrowhawk. 30-36 cm.When breeding, it seizes the nest of another bird.

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Nice shot,
It does surprise me with the overlaps the birds of prey have in territories and seem to be co existing well together unlike the other birds that swoop , squark and attack these bigger stronger birds even if just flying by.
 

Hairyman

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Not a joke latin name.
After all Pontius Pilot had "a vewy gweat fwiend in Wome called 'Biggus Dickus'."
...and no laughing!
 

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Very nice find Dusty M. Hopefully it tis the season and will see more of them around.
 

Benny

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Never thought I'd be jealous of a small bird. Very cool, the bird I mean
 
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