Amur Falcon

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, Oriental 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 2016)

Location: Only 3 confirmed records at Changi Reclaimed Land on 21 November 2007, at Seletar Dam on 16 December 2016 and at Tanah Merah Coast Road on 26 November 2017.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Falco amurensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.