A distinctive small falcon, pale rufous above, with contrasting black flight feathers, whitish below, black mark down through eye, fine black streaks on breast. Cere, eyering and legs yellow. Male: crown and tail pale-grey, Female: crown and tail light rufous-brown.
Diurnal, This is Australia's smallest falcon usually seen flying slowly or hovering in mid-air, as it searches for food in open grassy areas. It often perches on cliff faces, marking its perches with patches of white droppings and frequently hitching a ride on updrafts of wind.
Woodland Forest Grassland, Open and lightly timbered country; floodplains; coastal dunes and cliffs.
July August September October November December, 4 to 5; dull white or buff, reddish-brown freckles. . Incubation 26-28 days by female, young fledge 26 days. In good seasons, destrels rear successive broods.
Kakadu National Park
Carnivore, feeds mainly on insects; small lizards and mice.
|| Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Kestrel
|| Falco cenchroides
|| Least Concern
|| Male 310mm
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