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________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 154 Eurasian Hobbies

 

 

 

EURASIAN HOBBY Falco subbuteo

 

 

EURASIAN HOBBY Falco subbuteo

 

 

EURASIAN HOBBY Falco subbuteo

 

         The Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo is often described as being a dashing little falcon and this description is apt as this beautifully marked summer migrant to the UK is an absolute master of flight with aerial skills and agility possibly matched only by the larger Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus. As Hobbies prey on birds (mainly hirudines and Common Swifts Apus apus) and flying insects they need to be very manoeuvrable indeed, particularly as dragonflies feature significantly in their diet. The slightly elongated central tail feathers and the swept-back swift-like wings are useful characteristics to look out for if the colours cannot be seen in poor light but once these birds have been watched when displaying they are unlikely to be mistaken for anything else.

 

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