Amur Falcon

Falco Amurensis

These beautiful kestrel-like falcons grace us wIth their presence every summer. They are often found in flocks, sitting on telephone wires or hovering above open fields or grasslands, hoping to find suitable prey items below.

Besides their obvious beauty they are also noteworthy for their epic journeys. These small birds of prey travel from their breeding grounds in Russia and India all the way to South Africa. (A single bird was recorded to have flown 15 000 kilometres without a break.)

We first recorded this species in January 2010 while visiting the Central Drakensberg, but they are common through much of eastern South Africa.


Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon – Between Creighton & Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 22 January 2014 Amur Falcon – Between Creighton & Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 14 March 2015 Amur Falcon / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 14 March 2015 Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon – female / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 14 March 2015 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 22 February 2014 Amur Falcon – Between Creighton & Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon / Between Creighton & Franklin, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2015 Amur Falcon / Between Creighton & Franklin, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2015 Amur Falcon / Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg, South Africa / 07 January 2015 Amur Falcon (female) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon – Devon, Gauteng, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon – Devon, Gauteng, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon – Devon, Gauteng, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon – Devon, Gauteng, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Amur Falcon / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 14 March 2015 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 22 February 2014 Amur Falcon – Devon, Gauteng, South Africa – December 2015 Amur Falcon / Klippan Link Road, Devon, South Africa / 26 January 2013 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 14 March 2015 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon – female / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon (male) / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Amur Falcon – male / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon – female / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon – male / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 19 February 2011 Amur Falcon – male / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Eurasian Hobby_Zaagkuildrift, South Africa_08 February 2014 BEST CR SH Amur Falcon – male / Zaagkuildrift to Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 10 February 2012 Amur Falcon / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 Amur Falcon – female / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa  / 19 February 2011
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