Scientific name: Falco tinnunculus
Length: 31-37 cm
Breeding habitat: Open country, motorways, arable fields, heaths and marshes
Food: Small mammals, such as voles, and insects
Nest: In trees or holes in buildings
Identification: Medium-sized falcon with long wings and tail often seen hovering with hanging tail opened up like a fan
Call: Usually a fast series of short, sharp notes, “kee-kee-kee….”. Listen to calls on the RSPB website.
- Suffolk Owl Sanctuary – owl-help.org.uk
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns is the centre for many conservation & rehabilitation activities benefitting owls and other birds of prey.
- The Raptor Foundation – raptorfoundation.org.uk/kestrel.html
The foundation provides a rescue service plus care and rehabilitation for injured raptors.
- Hawk and Owl Trust – hawkandowl.org/Species/DiurnalBirdsofPrey/Kestrel
A charity dedicated to conseving owls and other birds of prey in the wild.
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- Entry for kestrel in RSPB's bird guide – rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/k/kestrel/index.aspx
- BBC – bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Common_Kestrel