Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel, Photo: Asif Ishtiaque

ছোট বাজ / কেস্ট্রেল

Falco tinnunculus , Linnaeus, 1758

রাজ্য / Kingdom: Animalia
বর্গ / Order: Falconiformes
পরিবার / Family: Falconidae
গন / Genus: Falco
প্রজাতি / Species: F. tinnunculus

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Common kestrel is a bird of prey belonging to the family Falconidae. It is measured 32-39 cm from head to tail having a wingspan of about 65-82 cm. They are smaller compared to other birds of prey. Females are usually larger than the males.

They have a light chestnut-brown plumage with blackish spots on the upper side and blackish streaks on the underside. Unlike any other hawks they show sexual color dimorphism; males having less spots and streaks. They have brown tails with black bars.

Food habit:They are well adapted around human settlements. Usually they hover above the ground when hunting. Another method is that, they perch a bit over the covering ground and upon spotting the prey they pounce on it. They usually feed on mouse-sized mammals, small birds, bats, frogs, lizards, earthworms,, camel spiders etc.

Distribution: They are widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa. They migrate south in winter.


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