French: Crécerelle aux yeux blancs German: Steppenfalke Spanish: Cernícalo ojiblanco
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
F. r. fieldi
(Elliot, 1897) – Eritrea#R, N & E Ethiopia and NW Somalia; isolated record in SC Niger#R.
F. r. arthuri
(Gurney, Sr, 1884) – SW Ethiopia#R, Kenya and NE Tanzania.
F. r. rupicoloides
A. Smith, 1829 – SE & E Angola, Namibia, Botswana, SW Zambia and Zimbabwe S through South Africa.
29–37 cm; male 165–285 g, female 193–299 g, unsexed 181–334 g (S Africa), 178–252 g (E Africa); wingspan 68–84 cm. Only rufous kestrel... read more
Like other kestrels, largely silent outside breeding season and away from nest. In alarm or threat... read more
Open desert, steppe, subdesert scrub and short grassland (<50 cm) with scattered trees up to... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly arthropods, especially grasshoppers, termites, beetles and solifugids (less frequently ants, centipedes, scorpions, spiders,... read more
Laying Jul–Feb (peak Sept–Oct) in S Africa; Jan–Nov (peak Apr–May) in E Africa; Apr–Jun in Somalia;... read more
Resident and territorial in many parts of its range, but nomadic in more arid areas, where only... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and generally common in S Africa, with estimated 6000 pairs in Transvaal (South Africa), home range of 570... read more
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