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Eurasian Hobby

Falco subbuteo

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Uncommon to fairly common summer migrant from winter grounds in Africa. Favors open woodland, heathland, and farmland with copses; often hunts over nearby water bodies and marshes. Very streamlined, like a giant swift; flight more graceful and aerodynamic than Eurasian Kestrel. Hunts in the air, catching dragonflies, swallows, and other birds, which it sometimes eats on the wing. Note gray upperparts with plain tail, boldly streaked underparts with rusty leggings and vent. Compare with larger, stockier, shorter-tailed Peregrine Falcon.

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