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A photo of a Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
Australian Hobby

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

The Australian hobby (Falco longipennis), also known as the little falcon, is one of six Australian members of the family Falconidae. This predominantly diurnal bird of prey derives its name ‘longipennis’ from its long primary wing feathers. It occurs throughout Australia and other neighbouring countries with migrating individuals found on the islands of Indonesia and New Guinea. Smaller than other falcons, the Australian hobby is relatively slender and long winged. Its plumage varies in colour depending on sex, age and environment with a darker form in humid areas and a lighter form in drier environments. Generally the hobby displays a black cap and mask with a whitish forehead and half-collar. Underparts can be blue-grey or rufous and streaked darker. The cere in adults is a pale yellowish grey, the eye ring is pale blue, the eyes are brown and the feet are dull yellow. Females are larger in size between 34 – 35.5 cm and males are generally between 30 – 32 cm in length with a wing span between 66 – 87 cm. The Australian hobby is easily confused with the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) however the hobby is more slender, with longer and thinner wings, and is a less powerful flyer.
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Wintah Thompson
Sunday 07 May 2023 - 12:43pm
Australia
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Matthew Egan
Tuesday 11 Apr 2023 - 9:01am
Australia
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Angus Hamilton
Thursday 06 Apr 2023 - 7:40am
Australia
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Angus Hamilton
Thursday 30 Mar 2023 - 2:26pm
Australia
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