Falco cenchroides

Falco cenchroides

Falco cenchroides

(Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Kestrel, Hoverer)

FAMILY

Falconidae

Species

Falco cenchroides

Common name

Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Kestrel, Hoverer

Main colour

Rufous with white

Distinctive feature

Black band on tail; size 30-35 cm

Campus

Townsville

Description

This bird can sometimes be seen overflying the campus. In flight the wings are pointed and the tail displays a broad black band, larger in the female than the male; wingspan 60-80 cm. The male is rufous-coloured on the back and wings with the underparts white, head is grey, the female has a rufous-coloured body. Legs and feet are yellow, eyes black and the bill is dark grey.

Additional Images

Kestrels in flight

kestrel perching