Australian Hobby (species: Falco (Falco) longipennis) in Goulburn River NP (Gaia Guide)
Falco (Falco) longipennis
Australian Hobby

©Tom Tarrant: Australian Hobby (Falco (Falco) longipennis)

©Tom Tarrant: Australian Hobby (Falco (Falco) longipennis)

©Tom Tarrant: Australian Hobby (Falco (Falco) longipennis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Falconiformes
Family Falconidae
Genus Falco
Species Falco (Falco) longipennis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a slender raptor with relatively narrow and long wings.  Its upperparts are a bluish-grey and its underparts are rufous.  First year birds have a brown tinge to their upperparts.


  • From 34 cm to 35.5 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females
  • From 30 cm to 32 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males


  • Up to 87 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found mainly in Australia. It is also a winter migrant to Indonesia and New Guinea.

It inhabits open woodlands. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Pair were flying above me and perched in nearby Eucalyptus. Appeared to be an adult pair, with the weaker call in the recording presumably the (smaller) male.

© Nigel Jackett


It manoeuvres swiftly through the foliage of open woodlands in chase of other birds. It is very adaptable and will visit urban parks and gardens, and remnant bushland. They will hunt small birds, up to nearly their own size, and are often seen at dusk hunting bats and large insects. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.