Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

A familiar sight with its pointed wings and long tail, hovering beside a roadside verge.

Males have a grey head and tail with a prominent black band, a gingery-brown back and a creamy underside which is speckled with black. Females are similar, but with a more uniform brown back and dark bands on the tail.

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Discover more about the Kestrel

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When to see

Jan - Dec

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Where to see

The kestrel one of our best known bird of prey. Kestrels are a little smaller than a pigeon and can be found in all kinds of habitats from open countryside to towns and villages. 

They tend to hunt in open spaces with long grass as this is prime field-vole habitat. The birds rarely venture far into woodland, but will nest and hunt along wood edges.

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Did you know?

Kestrels need to eat several voles per day to survive.

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Related species
Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Jan - Dec

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

The kestrel one of our best known bird of prey. Kestrels are a little smaller than a pigeon and can be found in all kinds of habitats from open countryside to towns and villages. 

They tend to hunt in open spaces with long grass as this is prime field-vole habitat. The birds rarely venture far into woodland, but will nest and hunt along wood edges.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

Kestrels need to eat several voles per day to survive.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species
Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Jan - Dec

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

The kestrel one of our best known bird of prey. Kestrels are a little smaller than a pigeon and can be found in all kinds of habitats from open countryside to towns and villages. 

They tend to hunt in open spaces with long grass as this is prime field-vole habitat. The birds rarely venture far into woodland, but will nest and hunt along wood edges.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

Kestrels need to eat several voles per day to survive.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species