Birds of Morni: Common Kestrel

October 6, 2012

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) a relatively smaller bird of prey, a little over a foot in length with the females being bigger and heavier than males.The wings are long (two-and-a-half feet wing span) and the tail is prominent. The raptor is light chestnut brown with blackish spots and streaks.The tail is black tipped. The feet are bright yellow. There is a yellow ring around the eye and a prominent black stripe on the cheeks. It is found in a variety of habitats and upto an altitude of 1800 metres in the Himalayan foothills. The bird hovers to a height of over 50 feet, its eyes searching for its favourite food, the mouse. It can spot the ultraviolet colours in mouse urine!! The dive is short and steep when it drops on its prey. It may perch on high overhead wires to survey the area.

Common Kestrel, Mandana (November 2010)

Common Kestrel, Daman-Thapli road, Morni-Tipra hills

Common Kestrel, Daman-Thapli road, Morni-Tipra hills

Common Kestrel in flight, Mandana

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