The red-necked falcon is a bird of prey in the falcon family with two disconnected populations, one in India and the other in Africa. The Indian subspecies also known as the red-headed merlin or red-headed falcon
How does the bird appear…
It is medium sized bird of prey with a bright rufous crown and nape. The wings and upper parts are bluish grey. The tail has narrow bars, a broad subterminal black band tipped with white. Bill is black at tip with greenish yellow basal part. The legs, ceres and eye rings are yellow.
Young birds are buff below with less extensive barring and duller upper plumage.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
It is found in open habitats and is not found in dense forests or high hills.
It hunts in pairs mostly at dawn and dusk and captures small birds, bats and squirrels etc
Breeding & Nesting:
In India breeding season is from January to March. They often reuse old nests. Incubation is done by female alone. Young fledge in 48 days in India.