March 11, 2012: Red-Necked Falcon (Falco chicquera)

March 11, 2012: Red-Necked Falcon (Falco chicquera)

Photo@Yan Von Danne

This rareĀ  norrow-winged, Kestrel-sized falcon typically associated with Palm tree.It can easily be identified from its Red-rufous crown that extend all the way to the scapular. This beautiful raptor has a white face, chin and the upper breast, with broad pale rufoous band across upper breast.Pale blue-grey above with fine black barring;primaries and primary covert darker. The wings are pretty short compared to typical falcons like Peregrine.

Uncommon in low open country, especially with palms and acacia of Galana river, Meru and Samburu national park, Lake Turkana and the coastal part of Kenya.This photo was taken by a friend of mine in Samburu National Reserve.

About kenyabirding

I am passionate about ornithology and the environment. I love to bird watch anywhere I can! I am involved with the Lake Baringo Biodiversity Conservation Group and also run an local eco-tourism company Silent Fliers of Kenya Safaris that specializes in birding, Wildlife photography and general wildlife holidays in East Africa
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3 Responses to March 11, 2012: Red-Necked Falcon (Falco chicquera)

  1. Just getting chance to catch up on your recent posts, all are wonderful! The red-necked falcon is superb, such a great detailed close-up. I really enjoy seeing birds from your country, most I’ve never seen before. Simply fantastic!

  2. Simon Thomsett says:

    Re: Red necked falcon Samburu. The picture shows a bird held in the hand and looking stressed. Is there any background history to this bird? Simon

  3. kenyabirding says:

    Hello Simon!, thank you for your comment.You know the photo was given to me by Yan, from Holland who apparently is a great friend of yours!!as per the information given to me.So I guess he is better placed to answer your question on background history.I won’t really know.Sorry Simon.Any news about the Bullrush? Sarah and Shiv told me
    you are still looking for it.

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