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This is a Short-toed Snake-Eagle (Circaetus gallicus). Note the large size, long, and very broad wings, shortish tail, and big head. The pale belly and underwings contrast with the dark head of adults (juveniles have pale heads). On perched birds, note the owl-like face and unfeathered legs. This bird-of-prey hunts over open areas, spending lots of time hovering with rowing wingbeats into the wind.

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I actually would call this a Eurasian Hobby (Lodolaio) (Falco subbuteo). Note the gray upperparts with plain tail and boldly streaked underparts with rusty leggings and vent.

I would think that Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) would be stockier and lack the rufous vent.

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