Mauritius kestrel hovering with wings and tail spread

Falcons, hobbies and kestrels

Falcons, hobbies and kestrels are all in the genus Falco. In general terms, the larger birds are falcons; the smaller swift ones possessing long, narrow wings are hobbies and; those that hover while hunting for prey are the kestrels.

Scientific name: Falco

Rank: Genus

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Falcons, hobbies and kestrels taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Birds of prey
  6. Falconidae
  7. Falcons, hobbies and kestrels

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