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Falco severus

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Falco severus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Falconidae
Subfamilia: Falconinae
Tribus: Falconini
Genus: Falco
Species: Falco severus
Subspecies: F. s. papuanus - F. s. severus


Falco severus Horsfield, 1821


Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (1) 13 p.135

Vernacular names
Česky: Ostříž rezavobřichý
English: Oriental Hobby
Français: Faucon aldrovandin
Türkçe: Doğu doğanı

The Oriental Hobby (Falco severus) is a species of falcon typically 27-30 cm long. It can be found in the eastern Himalayas and ranges to southern China, Hainan and southwards through Indochina to Southern Asia and Australasia.[1] It has been recorded as a vagrant from Malaysia.

Diet and habitats

The Oriental Hobby feeds mainly on insects. Its typical habitats are lowland forested areas and woodland. It nests in used nest of other birds either in trees, on building ledges or on cliffs.


Adult is rich chestnut below, bluish-grey above with a black hood and pale throat. Juvenile has black streaks on its rufous chest and has a mottled back.


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