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A small, slim falcon (about 31 to 35 centimetres/12 to 14 inches long), the Nankeen Kestrel is rufous or brown above and white or off-white below, with a black tail tip. Plumage varies considerably in detail, and some birds can look very scruffy, but the slim build, small size and distinctive straight-winged hovering habit make identification easy.
It occupies any type of land that is not too densely vegetated, but in particular temperate grasslands and open woodlands.
Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 12, 2012