French: Crécerelle d’Australie German: Graubartfalke Spanish: Cernícalo australiano
Other common names:
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
F. c. cenchroides
Vigors, 1827 – Christmas I (Indian Ocean), and Australia, Tasmania, Lord Howe I and Norfolk I; winters irregularly from Lesser Sundas and Moluccas to Aru Is and regularly in S New Guinea; occasional vagrant to New Zealand.
F. c. baru
Rand, 1940 – montane WC New Guinea.
28–35 cm; male 121–195 g, female 115–273 g; wingspan 66–78 cm. A typical small, slim kestrel, with long, relatively narrow and rounded wings and a... read more
Especially noisy during breeding season, when commonest call is shrill "keek-keek-keek...... read more
All lightly wooded and treeless terrestrial habitats, including open woodland, savanna, grassland,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly invertebrates, particularly large insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, moths, ants and crickets, and other arthropods (centipedes... read more
Jun–Dec (especially Sept–Oct) in Australia, Jul in New Guinea. Solitary; semi-colonial in concentrated breeding habitat amid... read more
Resident and partly migratory populations; many pairs sedentary in temperate regions. Longest... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and abundant throughout Australia, where population placed at 75,000–750,000 pairs and has increased in... read more
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