Scientific Name: Falco subbuteo
Malay Name: Rajawali Tongkeng Merah Utara
Chinese Name: 燕隼
Range: Found from Europe, temperate Asia, northern Indian subcontinent, China, northern Korea to northern Japan and winters south to Africa, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Indochina, the Thai-Malay Peninsula and Java.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: subbuteo, streichi.
Local Subspecies: subbuteo
Size: 30-36 cm
Identification: Adult resembles juvenile Peregrine Falcon but is significantly smaller and has darker crown, narrower moustachial stripe, unbarred uppertail, heavily streaked breast/belly and reddish-rufous vent. Juvenile resembles adult but has duller crown/upperparts and buffish vent.
Habitat: Open country, reclaimed land and wooded areas.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2021). Falco subbuteo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22696460A206270514.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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