Kestrels are smaller than most birds of prey – although weighing in at about 184g (6.5oz roughly) they much larger than most songbirds. With their long wings and distinctive long tail, they have an outline in the sky that is familiar to many people. The larger females can boast a wingspan of up to 82 cm (that’s 32in).
The Kestrel is a highly adaptive bird, and is able to make a home whether in countryside, cities, or even wetlands; anywhere as long as there are sufficient swathes of vegetation available to house its prey of small furry things!
WILD CARD: Unlike most raptors, the Kestrel displays sexual colour dimorphism. That’s a fancy way of saying males and females look different! Both have plumage that is mainly a wonderful light, rich rust colour with blackish spots on the upperside, and narrow blackish streaks on the underside – but the males have less black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. Females are larger than males and have a brown tail with black bars on it. In both sexes the tail has a black tip with a narrow white rim. This picture is of a male.