Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

Taken at Huerte Grande, Spain, on November 4th 2016.
(1/1000th sec at f14. © David Hastings)


L: 27 - 33 cm; WS: 63 - 72 cm

Similar to the Kestrel, but separated by its diagnostic call and slightly shorter wings and tail. It also has yellow talons. It doesn't appear to be closely related to the Kestrel, however.

It is found mainly in southern and SE Europe from May to September, and north Africa in the winter. It is a rare vagrant to the British Isles.

It breeds colonially in towns, steep cliffs, ruins etc. Nests are made in niches, holes in buildings, cliff edges etc.

It feeds mainly on insects, either on the ground or caught in the air. It will also take small birds, lizards and rodents.

It is of Least Concern in the IUCN classification.


04-Nov-2016 : Huerta Grande, Spain (3+)
18-May-2005 : Mertola, Portugal