Eurasian Kestrel

Other Names: Windhover (17th century texts), Common Kestrel, Old World Kestrel

Distribution: Resident throughout Europe, Africa, and coastal India and China. Migratory populations summer in Scandinavia, Russia, and China and winter on the Indian subcontinent.

Kestrel distribution range map

Description:

Size: 31-37 cm in length with a 68-78 cm wingspan. Females weigh 154-314 g and males weigh 136-252 g.

Plumage: Adult males have a black-spotted chestnut brown back and wings (with dark brown to black flight feathers) and a solid blue-gray head. The tail is the same bluish-gray as the head, with a black tip. Underneath, the breast and underside are pale brown with small black spots. Females and juveniles are light brown on the back with a medium brown cap and have larger spots on their undersides. In both sexes, te eyes are black with bright yellow eyerings.

Species image
Eurasian Kestrel

Eurasian Kestrel

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alaska
aleutians
british columbia
california
florida
maine
massachusetts
new brunswick
new jersey
nova scotia
oregon
pennsylvania
washington
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Deserts
Grasslands
Color
buff
brown
rust
Body Shape
hawk
Size
medium
Order
falcons and caracaras - falconidae
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species