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Lesser Kestrel
Falco naumanni

Map of the common names

Description Small raptor (L 30 cm), characterized by its gregarious habits. The Lesser Kestrel occurs in warm, open areas, low or medium altitude, where it can easily locate prey, mainly insects but also sometimes lizards. The birds nest in holes in old building, in earth cliffs and some times in quarries or among piles of rock. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The species has declined dramatically in EU in recent years. The main reasons are thought to be loss of nest-sites, the accumulation of toxic pesticides, illegal hunting and the competition for nesting sites with other species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : less than 10,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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