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Greater Kestrel - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Gashead
Etosha National Park, Namibia, August 2004
Falco rupicoloides


29–37 cm (11½-14½ in)

  • Rufous plumage


Subspecies arthuri
Photo © by mikemik
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, May 2018

Western Africa: Angola
Eastern Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • F. r. fieldi:
  • F. r. arthuri:
  • F. r. rupicoloides:
  • Acacia steppes of southern Africa


Dry areas ranging from open grassland and arid savanna to desert.



Their main diet consists of beetles, termites and grasshoppers.


Photo © by Mybs
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, September 2005
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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