Greater Kestrel

greater-kestrel

Identification:

Overall pale rufous colour with fine black streaks, spots and bars. Very upright stance with long yellow legs. It has a diagnostic cream-coloured eye. It has a grey and black barred tail with a white tip to the tail feathers.

Habitat:

Prefers open dry grassland, savanna grassland and verges of agricultural fields.

Behaviour:

Solitary and or in pairs. It often sits on a high perch. Hunts from perches or by hovering.

Diet:

Feeds mainly on invertebrates such as grasshoppers, also reptiles, birds and small mammals.

Breeding:

Monogamous. Uses old, especially crows and raptor nests in trees.

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