Alternative name: Nankeen Kestrel
- 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.
There are 2 subspecies;
- F. c. cenchroides:
- F. c. baru:
- Montane forests of west-central New Guinea
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.
- 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.
- The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Australian Kestrel. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 26 July 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Australian_Kestrel