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Australian Kestrel

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'''Alternative name: Nankeen Kestrel''' '''Alternative name: Nankeen Kestrel'''
-[[Image:Australian_Kestrel.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Male Australian Kestrel<br>Photo by {{user|Neil|Neil}}<br>[[Sydney]], [[Australia]]]]+[[Image:Australian_Kestrel.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Male Australian Kestrel<br>Photo by {{user|Neil|Neil}}<br />[[Sydney]], [[Australia]]]]
;[[:Category:Falco|Falco]] cenchroides ;[[:Category:Falco|Falco]] cenchroides
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==Identification== ==Identification==
31cm (Male) to 35 cm (female). Male has grey head and tail, female pale rufous head and paler rufous tail. Rufous or brown above, white or off-white below, black tail tip. Female has blackspot in each feather. 31cm (Male) to 35 cm (female). Male has grey head and tail, female pale rufous head and paler rufous tail. Rufous or brown above, white or off-white below, black tail tip. Female has blackspot in each feather.
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==Distribution== ==Distribution==
[[Australia]], [[New Guinea]], and nearby islands. [[Australia]], [[New Guinea]], and nearby islands.
- +[[Image:Kestrel IMG 1771cx.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Female<br />Photo by {{user|davidfree|davidfree}}<br />Cottesloe, [[Western Australia]], July 2008]]
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
 +====Subspecies<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>====
There are 2 subspecies; There are 2 subspecies;
-* ''F c cenchroides''+*''F. c. cenchroides'':
-* ''F c baru''+:*[[Australia|Australian]] region; winters [[New Guinea]] to [[Java]] and [[Moluccas]]
- +*''F. c. baru'':
 +:*Montane forests of west-central [[New Guinea]]
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
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 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
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==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
 +[[Image:IMG 3065.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Photo by {{user|jimmclean|jimmclean}}<br />[[Royal National Park]], [[New South Wales]], [[Australia]], March 2008]]
 +====Diet====
The diet includes insects, small birds and reptiles and mice. The diet includes insects, small birds and reptiles and mice.
- +====Breeding====
-They nest in a tree hollow, cliff ledge or disused corvid's nest; 3-7 eggs are laid and are incubated by the female alone for 26 to 28 days. The male brings food.+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.
- +
==References== ==References==
-Wikipedia+#{{Ref-Clements6thDec08}}#Wikipedia
- +#The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
-The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds+{{ref}}
- +
==External Links== ==External Links==
{{GSearch|Falco+cenchroides}} {{GSearch|Falco+cenchroides}}
[[Category:Birds]][[Category:Falco]] [[Category:Birds]][[Category:Falco]]

Revision as of 15:38, 15 July 2009

Alternative name: Nankeen Kestrel

Male Australian KestrelPhoto by NeilSydney, Australia
Male Australian Kestrel
Photo by Neil
Sydney, Australia
Falco cenchroides

Contents

Identification

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

Distribution

Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands.

FemalePhoto by davidfreeCottesloe, Western Australia, July 2008
Female
Photo by davidfree
Cottesloe, Western Australia, July 2008

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

There are 2 subspecies;

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

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Diet

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

Breeding

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.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds

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