Taxonomy and Description

The red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) belongs to the Falconidae family and the Falconiformes order. Being a monotypic species it's closest relative -which was once considered as a subspecies- is the Amur falcon (Falco amurensis) living in East-Asia.

It is a small raptor species; with a body size of 28-31 cm, and 65-75 cm wingspan. Adults  weight 130-197 grams and demonstrate marked sexual dimorphism. At least 3 age groups can also be distinguished by plumage (juvenile, 2nd calendar year, adult), but in hand often the 3rd year birds can also be separated.