The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

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As well as the Common Kestrel, Several other species of Kestrel are known, including the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) this being a much smaller bird than the Common Kestrel, and feeding almost entirely on insects, which it catches with its talons, the common chafers forming its usual prey in places like Palestine. This bird inhabits Mediterranean areas and, is found in central Asia as far China. It winters in India and Africa. 
Great numbers of these birds live together, and as they rather affect the society of mankind, they are fond of building their nests in convenient crannies in mosques or churches.   They also use existing fractures cliffs to nest in small colonies. Independently of its smaller size, it may be distinguished from the Common Kestrel by the whiteness of its claws.

There is a distinct difference of the appearance of plumage between the male and female Lesser Kestrel.  The male has a blue-grey head, rump and tail. The female has an entirely brown-mottled and barred plumage.  The young birds resemble the adult female.  The adult plumage is acquired at one year of age, at the time of the aquisition of adult maturity.

The size of the Lesser Kestrel is 29 to 32 centimetres (around 1 foot), with a wingspan of 59 to 73 cm (23 to 28 and three quarter inches).  The female bird weighs 140 to 210 grams (4.93 to 7.4 ounces) whereas the lighter male has a weight of 90 to 170 grams (3.17 to 6 oz).


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