My reddish back, my maroon tail and my bluish wings make me the most colorful of all male raptors. My partner however feels that blue is not her color, so she doesn’t wear it on her wings. I am also the smallest member of the falcon family. I have several cousins such as the Merlin, the Gyrfalcon and the best known of all, the Peregrine Falcon.
Take a good look at my bill. You will notice a small notch which is unique to the Falconids. It acts as a “tooth” which I use to quickly kill my prey and tear it apart.
I don’t build a nest. I prefer to nest in natural cavities (tree trunks), use nests built by woodpeckers or move into man-made nest boxes.
I don’t really sing but I do have a peculiar call. What do you think my call sounds like? A trumpet, a whistle or a rattle? It sounds like this, “Clicliclicliclicli”. That’s right, a Kestrel sounds just like a rattle!
Total Length M 22,5 - 27 cm; F 23 - 30,5 cm
Wingspan M 51 - 56 cm; F 57 - 61 cm
Weight M 111 g; F 120 g
11 years and 7 months in the wild
Mice, voles, birds and insects
1 clutch per year; gen 4 to 5 eggs (2-7); incubation 29 to 31 days. Monogamous.