Red Necked Falcon

Scientific Name:
Falco chicquera
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Red Necked Falcon

The Red-necked Falcon (Falco chicquera) is a bird of prey found in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.


Red-necked Falcons inhabit a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannas, scrublands, agricultural areas, and semi-desert regions. They are often found in areas with scattered trees or bushes, where they can perch and hunt for prey. These falcons are commonly seen in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including farmland, urban areas, and open woodland.


Red-necked Falcons are small to medium-sized birds of prey, measuring approximately 25 to 30 centimeters (10 to 12 inches) in length, with a wingspan of about 60 to 75 centimeters (24 to 30 inches). They have a compact body, long, pointed wings, and a relatively long tail. Their plumage is predominantly gray or grayish-brown on the upperparts, with a reddish-brown patch on the nape of the neck that gives them their name. They have a white or buff-colored throat and underparts, with dark streaking on the breast and belly. Best Viewing The best places to view Red-necked Falcons are in their native habitats within Africa, Asia, and Europe. Look for them perched on branches, poles, or wires overlooking open areas, where they scan for prey and perform aerial displays. These falcons are often seen hunting for small birds, insects, and other prey in flight, as well as feeding on the ground or perched on exposed perches.