Of the four species we deal with in this part, three--Hobby Falco subbuteo, Red-footed Falcon F. vespertinus and Merlin F. columbarius-- are widespread and fairly common in their respective breeding areas whereas Eleonora's Falcon F. eleonorae is scarce and mainly restricted to islands in the Mediterranean region. The Merlin is usually readily distinguishable by its small size alone, but the Hobby


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