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Red Necked Falcon Facts

Scientific Name: Falco chicquera

Approximate Wing Span: 85 cm

Approximate Life Span: Reach 28 years old

Natural Habitat: Dry areas with a few trees

Description & Habitat

With its small frame and chestnut colored head and neck, the red-necked falcon is a beautiful and interesting bird. These falcons have mostly a blue-grey plumage with black feathers. Their bodies are stout with long and rounded, grey tails.

Nothing unusual for a falcon, the males are smaller than the females. However, both the females and males are very similar in appearance. They are found in semi-dessert and dry open country areas with a few trees. The red necked falcon likes to rest and hide in a tree. You can find them in south Asia and throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Food & Hunting

If you have one of these animals as a pet, they enjoy eating frozen rodents. Red necked falcons like to hunt small rodents, insects and birds in pairs. The one falcon will fly low and the other seizes the prey while it rises. They charge after their prey from an exposed perch below the canopy of a tree.


These falcons are more active at dawn and dusk. They like to reside in old stick nests that were abandoned by other birds at the top of an isolated tree, and they’ll reuse the nest later in the season. The female red necked falcon will lay three to four eggs, and their young will leave the nest about five to six weeks of age.


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