Eurasian Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Code 4

EUKE

Code 6

FALTIN

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Kestrel, also known as the Common Kestrel, is evaluated as Least Concern. In 2000, this bird species was evaluated as Lower Risk. At the current time, the range of the Eurasian Kestrel is around 10 million square kilometers and the population is estimated at around 5 million individual birds. The Eurasian Kestrel is native to many areas in Europe as well as Asia. It has been seen in the United States as well. There are no immediate concerns regarding the range or the population of the Eurasian Kestrel which would indicate a possible decline in population.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Kestrel: Small falcon, spotted rufous upperparts, brown-streaked buff underparts. Gray head, black moustache stripe. Tail is black- and blue-gray banded with black tip. Feeds on large insects, small rodents and birds. Alternates rapid wing beats with a glide. Soars on thermals and updrafts.


Range and Habitat

Eurasian Kestrel: Native to Europe, Asia, and Africa; casual visitor to western Aleutians and Bering Sea region, accidental in fall and winter on the east coast from New Brunswick to New Jersey, and on the west coast to British Columbia. Found in open grasslands, hills, plains, and cultivated and semi-desert areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kee-kee-kee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Kestrel is also known as the European and the Old World Kestrel. In Britain, where no other brown falcon occurs, it is generally called the Kestrel.
  • It has recently been shown that they are able to see near ultraviolet light. This allows them to detect the urine trails around rodent burrows, which reflect this ultraviolet light.
  • A group of kestrels are collectively known as a " flight", " hover", and "soar" of kestrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Eurasian Kestrel

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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