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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)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Kestrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "tinnunculus"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Common Kestrel on its roost; note the grep cap (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, August 2015]

Near-frontal view of a male Common Kestrel (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2018]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male Common Kestrel on its roost; this may be the same bird seen at the same location almost a year before (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, July 2016]

Lateral/ventral view of a male Common Kestrel on a power pole (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, May 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Common Kestrel (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, October 2018]

Frontal view of a hovering male Common Kestrel (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, August 2018]

Frontal view of a male Common Kestrel gliding to the next position to hover above its prey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, August 2018]

Lateral view of a male Common Kestrel in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Common Kestrel (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Frontal/ventral view of a female Common Kestrel in hovering flight (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Padstow, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Frontal view of a female Common Kestrel standing in an updraught (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Land's End, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Near-frontal view of a female Common Kestrel standing in an updraught (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Land's End, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a female Common Kestrel standing in an updraught (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Land's End, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

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

Near-dorsal view of a female Common Kestrel in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Common Kestrel (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2013]

Lateral view of a juvenile Common Kestrel just after take-off (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2013]

Race "rupicolaeformis"

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

Food, Diet

Lateral/ventral view of a Common Kestrel with its prey, a mouse (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2018]

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