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Common Kestrel

(Falco tinnunculus)
Alternate name(s): "European Kestrel", "Eurasian Kestrel", "Old World Kestrel", "Kestrel"
Size: 32-39 cm; wing span 65-82 cm
Weight: 136-252 g (male), 154-314 g (female)


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

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Race "rupicolaeformis"



Dorsal view of a male Common Kestrel in gliding flight
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]


Lateral view of a female Common Kestrel on a power pole; note the brown crown
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

The same female Common Kestrel, now seen with its head turned
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

This more distant view shows the relative length of a Common Kestrel's wings and tail
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Lateral view of a female Common Kestrel in flight
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Here a different angle
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Race "tinnunculus"

Common Kestrels, nominate race "tinnunculus", were photographed by us in Europe.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

kestrel_ls_20210130.m4a tinnunculus
? (+ Common Starling) © LS

More Common Kestrel sound recordings are available at .

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