About the size of a kestrel with long pointed wings, reminiscent of a giant swift. It has a dashing flight and will chase large insects and small birds like swallows and martins. Prey is often caught in its talons and transferred to its beak in flight. Can accelerate rapidly in flight and is capable of high-speed aerial manoeuvres.
Hobbies are listed as a Schedule 1 bird on The Wildlife and Countryside Act.
What they eat:
Insects and small birds.
- UK breeding:
- 2,800 pairs