Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo) - HBW 2, p. 268

French: Faucon hobereau German: Baumfalke Spanish: Alcotán Europeo

Taxonomy: Falco Subbuteo Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Forms superspecies with F. cuvierii, and possibly also F. severus and F. longipennis; sometimes considered conspecific with F. cuvierii. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • subbuteo Linnaeus, 1758 - NW Africa and Europe E through C Asia and N China to Kamchatka, Sakhalin and N Japan; winters in C & S Africa and S Asia.
  • streichi Hartert & Neumann, 1907 - S & E China, S from Qin Ling Mts (S Shaanxi); possibly also N & E Burma and N Indochina.