Common Kestrel

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!

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 March 2008
Scientific Name
Falco tinnunculus
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco
  • F. tinnunculus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13 to 15 inches
27 to 31 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Poštolka Obecná
Danish (Dansk) Tårnfalk
Dutch (Nederlands) Torenvalk
Finnish (Suomi) Tuulihaukka
French (Français) Faucon Crécerelle
German (Deutsch) Turmfalke
Italian (Italiano) Gheppio
Japanese (日本語) チョウゲンボウ (Chougembou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Tårnfalk
Polish (Polski) Pustułka
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенная пустельга
Spanish (Español) Cernícalo Común
Swedish (Svenska) Tornfalk
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