Eleonora's falcon (Falco eleonorae) is a medium-sized falcon. The English name and the species name eleanorae commemorate Eleanor of Arborea, Queen (Juighissa) and national heroine of Sardinia, who in 1392, under the jurisdiction conferred by the Carta de Logu, became the first ruler in history to grant protection to hawk and falcon nests against illegal hunters. This species has a delayed breeding season, in late summer, because it is a specialist hunter of migrating birds which pass through the Mediterranean islands at this time of year. It captures small birds in flight, using its speed and aerobatic skills. The call is a typical falcon kek-kek-kek.
released February 8, 2020
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