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Falcons

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Group: 
Birds

Birds of prey built for speed and stealth. Streamlined and accomplished fliers.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus
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Once our most common bird of prey but now a cause for concern.

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Merlin

Falco columbarious
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A small bird of prey seen occasionally in Dorset mainly in winter


 

 

Photo by:
Tom Carley

Hobby

Falco subbuteo
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A summer visitor to the heaths where it hunts dragonflies.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Peregrine

Falco peregrinus
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Primarily a hunter of pigeons and jackdaws along the coastal cliffs of Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

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Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus

Although a native of eastern Europe and Asia they are known wanderers and turn up in Dorset from time to time.