French: Faucon ardoisé German: Graufalke Spanish: Cernícalo pizarroso
Senegambia E to Ethiopia and Eritrea, and S to Ivory Coast thence E through N Cameroon to N & E DRCongo, and S through W Kenya and Tanzania to E Gabon, Congo, Angola, N Zambia and N Namibia.
28–33 cm; male 205–255 g, female 195–300 g; wingspan 58–72 cm. Stocky, dark grey kestrel with blackish primaries obscurely barred whitish, a heavy... read more
Gives shrill, chattering "kee-kee-kee..." in alarm around nest, like other kestrels, also... read more
Woodland, including plantations, and wetter savanna with dense stands of large trees or palms,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly grasshoppers and small reptiles, such as lizards (Mabuya and Agama), snakes and chameleons; also small birds,... read more
Laying Jan–Apr in W Africa (e.g. Ghana); Aug–Oct in S Kenya, Tanzania and Angola, but eggs in Apr in Uganda. Nest in tree... read more
Resident in most areas; no regular movements reported, and remains in vicinity of Hamerkop nests... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common in parts of range, e.g. W Africa and Angola, but uncommon in most others; large areas of natural habitat remain,... read more
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