Bird Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Dusty

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Common Name: Nankeen Kestrel

Scientific Name: Falco cenchroides

Family: Falconidae

Order: Falconiformes

Other Names: Australian Kestrel

Distribution: Throughout Australia including islands along Australia's coastline, New Guinea and Indonesia.

Habitat: Most land surface types (prefers open woody and agricultural). Exception - dense forests.

Field Notes: Brown above, with dark marks below and behind eye, tail rounded, underparts variants (whitish with dark streaks, blotched brown and white, totally dark brown). Underwings pale barred. Long legs and thighs always dark brown and may appear as a large stripe on paler birds.
Dark morph - almost entirely dark brown. Brown morph - Brown dorsally, pale or mostly brown ventrally. Rufous morph- Rufous brown dorsally, mostly brown ventrally. Size: 50-60 cm. Female larger than male.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Goomeri, QLD.

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Hairyman

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Often seen hovering over one spot 10 to 15 m above the ground then plunging to the ground on some unsuspecting
grasshopper or mouse in cultivated fields. My favorite mini-falcon.
 

Dusty

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Finally nailed this little guy after he kept flying off for the last 3 days. Here are more pics.

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. Goomeri, QLD

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