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Common Kestrel

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  • Quiscalus quiscula
  • Icterids

About the Common Kestrel

Also known as: European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, Old World Kestrel

The Common Kestrel or European Kestrel can be found across Europe, Asia and Africa and sometimes even reaches the east coast of North America. It is small compared to other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. It is mostly brown with dark spots and males have a blue-grey head and tail, while females have a brown tail with black bars.

When hunting, the Common Kestrel hovers about 10 to 20 meters above the ground, searching for prey. Once prey is sighted, the bird makes a short, steep dive toward its target. They can often be seen hovering by highways, looking for mice, voles and other small rodents. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Common Kestrel!

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 March 2008
Scientific Name Falco tinnunculus
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco
  • F. tinnunculus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13 to 15 inches
27 to 31 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Poštolka Obecná (Czech)
  • Tårnfalk (Danish)
  • Torenvalk (Dutch)
  • Tuulihaukka (Finnish)
  • Faucon Crécerelle (French)
  • Turmfalke (German)
  • Gheppio (Italian)
  • チョウゲンボウ (Chougembou) (Japanese)
  • Tårnfalk (Norwegian)
  • Pustułka (Polish)
  • Обыкновенная пустельга (Russian)
  • Cernícalo Común (Spanish)
  • Tornfalk (Swedish)

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