hobby defined in 1930 yearhobby - Hobby;
hobby - Upper parts bluish black; under parts reddish yellow with longitudinal brown streaks; moustaches broad, black; lower tail- coverts and legs reddish; beak bluish, dark at the tip; cere greenish yellow; iris dark brown; feet yellow; claws black. Female: colours less bright, and the streaks below broader. Length, twelve to fourteen inches.
The hobby in appearance is a lesser peregrine, being about one- fifth smaller than that bird. It differs from the peregrine in having a softer plumage and a comparatively greater length of wing. It is probably the fastest flier among rapacious birds, being capable of the marvellous feat of capturing swallows and martins in the air. It is a summer visitant to this country, and is most often met with in the southern counties of England, where, however, it is a rare species; and the farther north we go the rarer it becomes. In Scotland it is not known to breed, and it does not range to Ireland. It inhabits woods, and breeds in an old nest of the carrion crow, jay, or some other bird, which it does not re-line. Three eggs are usually laid, and in some rare instances four or five. In size and colour they are not distinguishable from those of the kestrel.
The hobby is a spirited bird, but in courage and power greatly inferior to the peregrine. He preys principally on dragon-flies, beetles, and other large insects, and on small birds, such as skylarks and bunting? In falconry, the hobby was trained to fly at such small game as larks, snipe, and quail.
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