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Nankeen Kestrel | Falco cenchroides photo
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) in Melbourne, Australia.

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Nankeen Kestrel | Falco cenchroides photo
Kestrel, Falco cenchroides, in Australia

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Nankeen Kestrel | Falco cenchroides photo
Falco cenchroides Kiama, NSW, Australia

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NANKEEN KESTREL FACTS

Description
The Nankeen Kestrel is a small hawk. The upper parts are mostly rufous, with some dark streaking. The wings are tipped with black. The underside are pale buff, streaked with black

Size
35cm

Habitat
lightly timbered country, road sides and grasslands. It is often seen hovering in country areas looking for prey below.

Food
small mammals, reptiles, small birds, insects

Breeding
nests on ledge or tree hollow, or an old nest of sticks made by another kind of bird. Lays 3-4 eggs.

Range
most areas of Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Falconidae
Genus:Falco
Species:cenchroides
Common Name:Nankeen Kestrel

Relatives in same Genus
  Brown Falcon (F. berigora)
  Australian Hobby (F. longipennis)
  Peregrine Falcon (F. peregrinus)
  Black Falcon (F. subniger)