African Hobby

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The African Hobby is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The African Hobby (Falco cuvierii) is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. More

The African hobby is a small, dark falcon with a slim body and long, scythe-like wings, which reach to the end of the tail when the bird is perched (4) (5). The throat, chest and underparts are a rich chestnut colour, finely streaked with black, and the back, wings and tail are dark grey to slate black. The chestnut-buff cheeks are marked with a distinctive black ‘moustache’, the eyes are dark brown, surrounded by a ring of yellow skin, and the legs are yellow. More

The call of the African hobby is a high-pitched kik-kik-kik-kik (6). - The African hobby occurs throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal and Gambia east to Somalia, and south to South Africa (2) (7). The species may be locally migratory in parts of West Africa (2). More

African Hobby (Falco cuvierii)African Hobby = Birds of Prey ... Falcon Information ... More

Distribution of African hobby in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). Movements and migrations Summer breeding visitor, arriving in southern Africa in about September and leaving around April. Its non-breeding grounds probably lie to the north, however their exact location is unknown. More

this bird was called African Hobby Falcon - The African Hobby (Latin name Falco cuvierii) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 174 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 555 also a picture of the African Hobby on page 529. The African Hobby belongs to the family of birds classified as Falconidae. More

Order : Falconiformes
Family : Falconidae
Genus : Falco
Species : cuvierii
Authority : Smith, 1830