Oriental Hobby (Falco severus)

The Oriental Hobby (Falco severus) is a falcon found in the eastern Himalayas and ranges to southern China, Hainan and southwards through Indochina to Southern Asia and Australasia. It has been recorded as a vagrant from Malaysia. Its typical habitats are lowland forested areas and woodland.


The Oriental Hobby averages 27-30 cm in length.

Adults are rich chestnut below, bluish-grey above with a black hood and pale throat.

Juveniles have black streaks on the rufous chest and mottled backs.

Diet / Feeding

It feeds mainly on insects.

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