Falco subbuteo, Lin.
13. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 33 ; Butler, Aboo; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 443; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 370 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 69 ; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 85.
Length, 10.75 ; wing, 9.4 ; tail, 5.25.
Length, 12.5 ; wing, 10.4 ; tail, 5.5. Cere and legs greenish-yellow.
Adult: blackish-slaty above, rusty-white beneath ; throat and neck unspotted; breast and abdomen with dark brown streaks, narrow on the centre of the abdomen, wider on the flanks; thigh-coverts and under tail-coverts pure ferruginous; tail dark slaty, with dark bands ; frontal line and narrow stripe over the eye pale rusty-whitish; cheek-stripe black, distinctly separated from the dark cheeks and ear-coverts; quills barred internally with light rufous.
Young bird : dark brown above, the feathers edged with ferrugi¬ nous; cheek-stripe darker, beneath whitish, with a rusty tinge, and all the feathers with broad blackish-brown spots or streaks; the lower abdomen, thigh-coverts, and under tail-coverts ferruginous, with a few brown streaks.
The European Hobby is a somewhat rare winter visitant to the greater part of the region ; at Aboo it is not uncommon, but has not as yet been recorded from Central India.