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Photo by Steve G
The Gambia, March 2005
Falco ardosiaceus

Identification

28–33 cm

  • Slate-grey plumage
  • Large, yellow orbital ring
  • Yellow cere and legs

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa. Senegal east to Ethiopia and south to northern Zambia and southern Angola.

Taxonomy

Photo by martinuk
Murchison Falls National Park, Masindi District, Uganda, July 2013

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Open woodland and wooded savanna, cultivated areas close to water

Behaviour

Flight

Rarely hovers but rather has a fast dashing flight behaving more like a typical falcon

Diet

They tend to feed on small birds, rather than small mammals, or large insects such as grasshoppers and reptiles like lizards, snakes and chameleons.

Movements

A resident species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)

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