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Common Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

Description:

Their plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside; the remiges are also blackish. Unlike most raptors, they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having less black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. The tail is brown with black bars in females, and has a black tip with a narrow white rim in both sexes.

Habitat:

It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. Here we see it in the woods and crop lands.

Notes:

In the bird reserve in Het Zwin.

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3 Comments

We see them around in the woods and fields but always when we don´t have the camera, so I posted this specimen that is in a reserve :-)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

So Gentle looking!

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Lovely!

Sluis, Zeeland, Netherlands

Lat: 51.37, Long: 3.37

Spotted on Apr 26, 2009
Submitted on Jan 7, 2012

Reference

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