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Dickinson's Kestrel - BirdForum Opus

Photo by GordonH
Pafuri, Kruger National Park, South Africa, April 2009
Falco dickinsoni


27-30cm (10½-11¾ in)

  • Dark grey plumage
  • Pale head and rump
  • Grey, narrow black barred tail with broad subterminal band
  • Barred underside of flight feathers
  • Yellow cere
  • Bare yellow eye skin
  • Brown iris
  • Dark grey bill

Female larger than the male Juvenile

  • Grey brown
  • Barred flanks
  • Green cere and eyering


Sub-Saharan Africa. Southern Tanzania including Pemba, south to northern South Africa and west to southern Angola. Resident.


Photo by Rafiki
Pafuri, Moremi, Botswana, July, 2017

This is a monotypic species[1].


Low-lying wooded savanna and cultivated land, particularly in floodplains.



The diet consists mainly of small birds, chameleons, grasshoppers, lizards, amphibians, bats, rodents and snakes.


Often nests in a scrape in Borassus palms. The 1-4 cream eggs, have reddish-brown markings and are incubated by the female for 30 days; the young fledge about 33-35 days later.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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