Scientific name: Falco subbuteo
Nature Stars: 70
About: The Hobby is a small falcon, smaller than a Kestrel. With their long wings and tail and streamlined shape, they are perfectly evolved for catching dragonflies and small birds such as House Martins and Swifts on the wing. They only come to this country in
How to identify: The Hobby is an elegant little falcon, slaty grey above, pale below with black streaks on the belly and brick red 'trousers'. They have a white throat and cheeks, dark moustache and mask.
Where: A summer visitor to the south and east of England and south Wales. A very rare visitor to Scotland.
Fantastic fact: The table-top flicky football game Subbuteo got it's name from the scientific name Falco subbuteo, because it was thought to be a good hobby. Hobby... get it?
Photograph credit: tbc