Species of Thailand

Oriental hobby

Falco severus, Thomas Horsfield, 1821

(In Thai: เหยี่ยวฮอบบี้)

The Oriental hobby (Falco severus) is a species of falcon typically 27–30 cm long. It can be found in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, across the eastern Himalayas and ranges southwards through Indochina to Australasia. It has been recorded as a vagrant from Malaysia.

Diet and habitats

The Oriental hobby feeds mainly on insects and birds, and has in rare instances been observed as catching bats. 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.

Identification

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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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Falconiformes
Family
Falconidae
Genus
Falco
Species
Falco severus

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวฮอบบี้

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Oriental hobby

Range Map

Distribution map of Oriental hobby, Falco severus in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Laem National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park
  • Surin Islands
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
Range map of Falco severus in Thailand