Falco eleonorae (Eleonora's falcon) 

Eleonoravalk [Afrikaans]; Eleonora-valk [Dutch]; Faucon d'Éléonore [French]; Eleonorenfalke [German]; Falcão-da-rainha [Portuguese]

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Falco eleonorae (Eleonora's falcon)   

Eleonora's falcon, Formentor peninsula, Mallorca, Spain. [photo Steve Garvie ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds in the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Canary Island to Cyprus, heading south in the breeding season to Madagascar and north-eastern Africa. It is a vagrant to southern Africa, with records in north-western and eastern Zimbabwe, coastal Mozambique, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. It generally prefers moist, forested or well-wooded areas, even if they are partially cleared for agriculture.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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