Australian Hobbies or Little Falcons

The Australian Hobbies (Falco longipennis) are falcons that are mostly native to Australia; but they may migrate to Indonesia and New Guinea for the winter.

They inhabit open woodlands. They are often seen pursuing small mammals and birds – which make up most of their diet.

These adaptable birds will als urban parks and gardens, and remnant bushland.

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Australian Hobbies

Immature Australian Hobby

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Description

This is one of the smallest Australian raptors measuring about 30-36 cm in length, including the tail.

It is easily confused with the similar Peregrine Falcon, however, might be identified by its smaller size and darker plumage.

Breeding / Nesting

They often take over the nests of other birds.

The female alone incubates and broods young while the male hunts and feeds the brooding female and the young.

Diet / Feeding

They typically hunt small birds, up to nearly their own size, as well as mammals, bats and large insects. They mostly hunt at dusk and dawn.


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