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Den Ya Kat Sub-station near Doi Chiang Doa, Thailand, 2007
Falco severus


27 to 30 cm long

  • Chestnut underparts
  • Bluish-grey upperparts
  • Black hood
  • Pale throat


  • Mottled back
  • Rufous ches with black streaks


It can be found in eastern Himalayas and ranges to southern China, Hainan and south through Indochina to Southern Asia and Australasia.

It has been recorded as a vagrant from Malaysia. Also occurs in the Philippines, Sulawesi, Maluku, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago. Rare in Java and Bali, a vagrant to Borneo and status unclear on Sumatra, a rare resident or vagrant. Has also been recorded on Gizo in the Solomon Islands. Resident.



A second subspecies, papuanus, is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Lowland forested areas and woodland.



It nests on cliff or building ledges or, more usually, in trees, using an old nest from other birds.


Its diet consists mainly of insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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