Kestrel garden bird


Size: 33-36CM, 13-14INC

The Kestrel is an everyday bird of prey that is observed in Britain, and is prevalent throughout the west and north of Europe. They are located in different surroundings, ranging from large cities to isolated hillsides, and are regularly spotted on roadsides, drifting to hunt for food, or sat on roadside cables, telecommunication poles and railings.

These well-defined falcons are easy to differentiate from alternate birds of prey by their size, long tail, and distinctively sharp wings. Males and females seem to be incredibly alike from a long radius, although a great vision will illustrate the various diversities amongst them. Nonetheless, they both have a tiny curved beak that has a grey-black tip and yellow centre; big black eyes with a distinct yellow ring of colour that circles their eye (eye-ring), and yellow feet with black claws.

Females are easy to identify just because of their large size and shape, although their rufous and dark striped complexion makes them instantly recognisable. Their heads are brown at the crown and the backs of their necks have smooth dark streaks. Their cheeks and throat are white with a noticeable black moustache. Their reddish-orange back, scapular, and inner wing feather coverage has dark bars, extending to the wing-coverts. Their barred end of their backbone is vaguely grey- brown. Their tail displays six or seven noticeable dark bars and a white tip.

The males head is blue-grey, with marginally lighter cheeks, dark whiskers and a muscular throat spot. Their back, scapular, and inner wing plumage and wing coverts are chestnut with black smudging. Their backbones and tales are pale blue-grey, apart from their wide black wing bar. Their pinkish-white under parts display noticeable black 'teardrops' from their higher breast to their tummy. Their under tail covert area is almost white; their under tail is grey and has a black tip.

When they fly, the variations between the sexes are obvious. The male has a grey head and tail that differentiates intensely with the chestnut and black of their wings, whilst the general rufous shades on the upper parts of females are noticed without any difficulties. You should check their tail pattern; too search for all those bars.

Head facing downwards, tail facing frontwards, flapping as required, drifting into the wind, is an unforgettable sight of a Kestrel. The times they are not in this stance, Kestrels go sky high on their wings, which are positioned forward and their tail which is dispersed.

Kestrels have an intense wing beat during 'standard' flight that sounds like a whip, combined with glides.

Young Kestrels typically look like their female, apart from a lighter, redder-looking backbone and brighter and stronger stripes on their under parts. Their exposed parts are very much like those of the male and female, however, their legs and feet might seem extra orange in colour.