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