Falco longipennis

Falco longipennis

Australian hobby hawk

(Australian hobby)

FAMILY

Falconidae

Species

Falco longipennis

Common name

Australian hobby

Main colour(s)

Blue-grey with reddish-brown below

Distinctive feature

Long pointed wings, fast moving, body in male 30 cm, in female 35 cm

Campus

Townsville

Description

This bird is occasionally seen in both woodland and urban areas. Body is blue-grey on upper parts, head is black with white forehead, underparts are streaked reddish-brown, tail is blue-grey, wings pointed. Legs and feet are yellow, eyes brown with yellow orbits, bill grey tipped with black. Photograph courtesy of Ian Montgomery, www.birdway.com.au