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Red-footed Falcon

Falco vespertinus


Thijs Fijen, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Red-footed Falcon is a small bird of prey that feeds on insects, in particular flying ants. It can be seen in spring and in autumn, especially during the afternoon, hunting in small flocks in groves and near water. Red-footed Falcons have a preference for making full use of electricity wires for roosting and as observation posts when hunting. The female is very different from the male.

Length: 28 – 34 cm | Wingspan: 65 – 76 cm

Habitat: Wetlands, farmland

When they can be seen: Autumn, spring

What they eat: Invertebrates

In Cyprus: Can be seen at Paphos Plains, Akrotiri Peninsula, Cape Greco and Karpasia Peninsula

Status: Passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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