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Photospot: Observations du Faucon concolor Falco concolor dans les environs d'Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Observations of Sooty Falcon Falco concolor around Antananarivo, Madagascar. A small group of 2–8 Sooty Falcons Falco concolor was observed hunting at the end of the rainy season in waste lands at Ivandry, a residential area in northern Antananarivo, from 28 February to 4 April 2009. Immatures were more numerous at the end of the period than at the beginning. During the midday hours, Sooty Falcons preyed on large non-flying insects such as Coleoptera taken on low plants. Prey was then consumed quickly in flight or sometimes on a perch. In 2006–09, numbers of Sooty Falcons, a Near-Threatened species, did not decrease appreciably at Ivandry. They are apparently undisturbed by human activities, which are limited at this site.

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