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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.

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References and further reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 100

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

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

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

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

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

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List of South African Birds

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