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.
This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots