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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Red-footed Falcon

 

 

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Red-footed Falcon

(Western red-footed Falcon )

Falco vespertinus

 

  • Red-footed Falcon (Western red-footed Falcon )
  • Falco vespertinus
  • UK: Scarce visitor. 14 records annually BTO
  • WI: Very rare (Less than 5 records)
  • Breeds: Europe, Asia
  • Winters: Africa
  • Habitat: Farmland, open woodland, steppe
  • Diet: Insects - bird hovers, searching ground below, then makes a short steep dive towards prey
  • Medium-small (28- 34cm length). Long-winged. Adult male blue-grey with red legs & undertail. Underwings uniformly grey. Female grey back & wings, orange head & underparts, white face ( black eye stripe & moustaches). Young: brown above, buff below( with dark streaks), and a face like the female

 

Red-footed Falcon records in the Western Isles

Very rare (Less than 5 records)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Red-footed Falcon is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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