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- Falco severus
27 to 30 cm long
- Chestnut underparts
- Bluish-grey upperparts
- Black hood
- Pale throat
- Mottled back
- Rufous ches with black streaks
It has been recorded as a vagrant from Malaysia. Also occurs in the Philippines, Sulawesi, Maluku, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago. Rare in Java and Bali, a vagrant to Borneo and status unclear on Sumatra, a rare resident or vagrant. Has also been recorded on Gizo in the Solomon Islands. Resident.
A second subspecies, papuanus, is not recognised by all authorities
Lowland forested areas and woodland.
It nests on cliff or building ledges or, more usually, in trees, using an old nest from other birds.
Its diet consists mainly of insects.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Oriental Hobby. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Oriental_Hobby