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Nankeen Kestrel - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Australian Kestrel

Male Australian Kestrel
Photo by Neil
Sydney, Australia
Falco cenchroides


31cm (Male) to 35 cm (female).
Rufous or brown above, white or off-white below, black tail tip
Male: grey head and tail
Female: pale rufous head and paler rufous tail and has blackspot in each feather.


Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands.



Photo by davidfree
Cottesloe, Western Australia, July 2008

There are 2 subspecies;

  • F. c. cenchroides:
  • F. c. baru:


Temperate grasslands and open woodlands, coastal cliffs and dunes, towns and cities. Often seen on telegraph poles or dead trees. Possibly the most widely recorded bird in Australia



The diet includes insects, small birds and reptiles and mice.


They nest in a tree hollow, cliff ledge or disused corvid's nest; 3-7 eggs are laid and are incubated by the female for 26 to 28 days. The male brings food.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds

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