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Birds

Red-Footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)

Description

The Red-Footed Falcon is on the small side for raptors, measuring between 28 and 31 cm long, with a wingspan of around 65 to 75 cm. Males and females of this species vary greatly in their appearance. Males are mostly grey on the body and wings, with deep red underparts and feet, as well as a red face. Females have a more rose coloured or light pink colouration on the face, chest and underparts, with grey wings and more orange coloured feet. They also have a red patch on the top of the head.

Habitat

This falcon mainly inhabits lowland steppe areas, open habitats with some tree cover. While it mainly lives in the lowlands, they have been found at altitudes of up to 1,500 m, but only in Asia.

Diet

This falcon eats mainly insects caught on the wing, preferring locusts, crickets and grasshoppers. It will also eat small reptiles, mammals and amphibians such as mice, voles, lizards and toads.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

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