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Nankeen Kestrel

A Nankeen Kestrel perched on a large dead branch
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Scientific Name: Falco cenchroides

Size: 31 to 36 cm

What does it look like?

When observed, the Nankeen Kestrel has rich rufous upperparts and pale buff underparts, both sparsely spotted and streaked with black, and black-tipped wings and tail, distinguish it from other similar-sized birds of prey.

Where is it found?

This slightly-built falcon is found in most habitats throughout Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

In open woodland and agricultural areas, where it is most common, the Nankeen Kestrel is often seen hovering a short distance above the ground.  By rapidly beating its wings and using its fan-shaped tail as a rudder, it keeps its head and body perfectly still. In this manner it locates the insects, reptiles and small mammals, on which it feeds. The Nankeen Kestrel nests in a wide variety of sites, including tree hollows, caves and even ledges on the outside of buildings.

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