The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Lanner Falcon

Afrikaans name: Edelvalk

Lanner Falcon in flight

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Falco biarmicus

The Lanner Falcon is a common bird across South Africa. Although it may be found virtually anywhere it is most common over the eastern coastal regions of South Africa. Beyond our borders it occurs all the way to parts of Europe and the Middle East.

Birds make up the majority of the Lanner Falcons diet. It is particularly fond of doves, pigeons and chickens. Besides birds it will also take smaller mammals and reptiles and even insects. They will attack their prey either from a high perch or while in flight.

Lanners are often seen in pairs and the pair has a long-term relationship with eachother.

They make their nest on a cliff or building or they will use and old nest abandoned by some other birds. The female lays up to 5 eggs.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 50

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 66

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 41

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Published: 1984 - Page: 95

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 7

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 44

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 157

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 58

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 84

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 155

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 151

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 200

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 116

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 124

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 76

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 47

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 46

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 62

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 21

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Published: 1989 - Page: 831

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 100

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 68

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 88

Know your Birds of Prey - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 23

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 188

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 188

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 61

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 24

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 88

Birds of Prey of the World - Author: Friedhelm Weick - Published: 1980 - Page: 138

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 66

Birds of Prey - A Kinship - Author: H. Von Michaelis - Published: 1987 - Page: 66

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 211

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 117

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Published: 1970 - Page: 130

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 74

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 124

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 124

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 60

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