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Photo © by NoraMelton, Melbourne, Australia
Photo © by Nora
Melton, Melbourne, Australia

Alternative name: Little Falcon

Falco longipennis


[edit] Identification

30-36 cm (11¾-14¼ in)
One of Australia's smallest raptors it resembles the Peregrine Falcon, however it is much smaller and has darker plumage. It gets its scientific name from its narrow long-flighted wings.

[edit] Similar Species

In flight may resemble White-throated Needletail.

[edit] Distribution

Found mainly in Australia. It is also a winter migrant to Indonesia and New Guinea.

[edit] Taxonomy

JuvenilePhoto © by Mat & CathyLake Tutchewop, northern Victoria, Australia, January 2009
Photo © by Mat & Cathy
Lake Tutchewop, northern Victoria, Australia, January 2009

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • F. l. hanieli:
  • F. l. longipennis:

A third subspecies murchisonianus[2] is not recognised by all authorities

[edit] Habitat

Open forest, including monsoon rainforests and scrub, savanna, parks and gardens. Lakes and marshes.

[edit] Behaviour

It inhabits open woodlands where it manoeuvres swiftly through the foliage in chase of other birds.

[edit] Diet

They will hunt small birds, up to nearly their own size, and are often seen at dusk hunting bats and large insects.

[edit] Breeding

When breeding it takes over nests of other birds. The female incubates and broods young while the male hunts.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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