Eurasian Hobby

Falco subbuteo

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Falcons (Falconidae)

Code 4

EHOB

Code 6

FALSUB

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Hobby is a terrestrial bird species that has a fairly significant range, reaching up to 10 million square kilometers. The population of the Eurasian Hobby is estimated to be about 400,000 individual birds. At the current time, the Eurasian Hobby has a rating of Least Concern. The previous rating for this bird species was Lower Risk in 2000. There are no immediate concerns for this bird species. This bird species is native to many portions of Asia and Europe. The Eurasian Hobby has also been seen in portions of the United States and Canada as well.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Hobby: Small falcon with dark slate-gray upperparts and white underparts with heavy, dark gray streaks. White face has bold black mask and moustache stripe, and thin white eyebrows. Wings are long and pointed. Leggings are orange. Tail is square and finely barred. Graceful powerful flight.


Range and Habitat

Eurasian Hobby: Occurs across Africa, Europe and Asia. Inhabits relatively open areas with some trees, such as open woodland, forest or river edges, wooded savannah, cultivation or scrub with clumps of trees, scattered trees or copses, or fields with hedgerows. Found close to rivers or wetlands, and also sometimes occurs in more urban environments.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"klee-klee-klee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Hobby is one of the least studied European raptors because it is hard to detect during breeding season, which makes finding their nests almost impossible.
  • A range of board games was once going to be named "Hobby", but the inventor was refused permission by the Patent Office. The inventor, who was also a birdwatcher, instead used the scientific name of the Hobby and called the board game Subbuteo.
  • Barn Swallows and House Martins have a characteristic "hobby" alarm call.
  • A group of falcons has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "eyrie", "ringing up", "stooping up", and "tower" of falcons.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Eurasian Hobby

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
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