Australian Hobby

Calls
ki-ki-ki, ki-ki-ki-ki. Mostly in flight.
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
30cm
Maximum Size: 
36cm
Average size: 
34cm
Average weight: 
290g
Breeding season: 
Aug-Jau
Clutch Size: 
2-4
Incubation: 
28 days
35 days
Nestling Period: 
34 days
38 days
Conservation Status
Federal: 
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TAS: 
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Associated Plants
Plants associated with this species
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Atlas Number: 
235
What does it look like?
Description: 

Small, slim, Falcon like. Long, square cut tail, blunt wing tips. Fast, agile and direct in flight. Hunts prey from perch and attacts birds in flight, bats and insects. Rarely hovers. Black hood, blueish, grey upper wings,  fawn front with black streaks.  

Similar species: 

Peregrine Falcon, Australian Hobby, Grey Falcon

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

Mainland Australia, rare in TAS. Absent in treeless and desert environments. Except when there are mouse plagues.

Habitat: 

Woodlands, forests, and open country in tropics. Most common in lightly timbered woodlands.

Seasonal movements: 

Partly migratory. Resident in many areas of mainland.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

Small birds, large flying insects. Catching and eating in flight.

Breeding: 

In north July - Nov. South Aug - Jan. Nests high in trees, on thin branches. Female usually incubates, unless feeding.     

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