Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Red-necked Falcon (Falco chicquera) - HBW 2, p. 265

French: Faucon chicquera German: Rothalsfalke Spanish: Alcotán Turumti
Other common names: Red-headed Merlin/Falcon, Turumti

Taxonomy: Falco chicquera Daudin, 1800, Bengal.
Allied with F. columbarius on hunting behaviour, but probably not closely related, and eggs more hobby like. African birds may not deserve separation into two races. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chicquera Daudin, 1800 - SE Iran E through Pakistan and India to Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • ruficollis Swainson, 1837 - Senegambia E to Ethiopia and S Somalia, then S to Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • horsbrughi Gunning & Roberts, 1911 - S of R Zambezi, from Zimbabwe and S Mozambique W to Botswana, Namibia and S Angola, and S to N South Africa.

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