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Common Kestrel

(Falco tinnunculus)
Alternate name(s): "European Kestrel", "Eurasian Kestrel", "Old World Kestrel", "Kestrel"
German name(s): "Turmfalke"

Size: 32-39 cm; wing span 65-82 cm
Weight: 136-252 g (male), 154-314 g (female)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Kestrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "tinnunculus"



Near-frontal view of a male Kestrel on its roost (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, July 2016]

Lateral view of a male Kestrel in hovering flight (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, March 2017]

Race "rupicolaeformis"

Common Kestrels, nominate race "rupicolaeformis", were photographed by us in Oman.

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