Hobby - Falco subbuteo

    Description

    This falcon has long thin wings and is often likened to a giant swift in flight. It is about the size of a Kestrel but grey on its back and streaked below. The adults of both sexes have conspicuous red 'trousers' above their legs.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    They hunt along woodland edges, over heathland and over lakes.

    When to see it

    April to September

    Life History

    This falcon specialises in feeding on dragonflies and small birds such as Swallows and Martins. They are summer migrants, arriving from April, and breeding across central, southern and eastern England

    UK Status

    Not very common, and mainly found in the southern half of Britain

    VC55 Status

    They are regular but uncommon sights in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map