Amur Falcon

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Scientific Name: Falco amurensis
Malay Name: Rajawali Kaki Merah Timur
Chinese Name: 红脚隼

Found from eastern Siberia, northern Korea to north-eastern China and winters to sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal, India, Indochina and the Thai-Malay Peninsula


Size: 28-31 cm

Male resembles adult Peregrine Falcon but is smaller and has diagnostic red eyering, cere and feet, pale grey underparts and rufous-chestnut vent. Female resembles male but has dark streaked underparts, barred uppertail-coverts and buffy-white vent. Juvenile resembles female but has pale yellow eyering and cere.

Similar looking species: Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon

Habitat: Reclaimed land and open habitats near the coast.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often hunts and catches insects on the wing. Sometimes hovers while hunting.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)

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BirdLife International. (2021). Falco amurensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.