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Kestrel - male hunting

Observed: 1st June 2013 By: TroglodyteTroglodyte’s reputation in BirdsTroglodyte’s reputation in BirdsTroglodyte’s reputation in BirdsTroglodyte’s reputation in BirdsTroglodyte’s reputation in Birds
Kestrel - male hunting
Kestrel - male hunting
Kestrel male
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) interacts

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browntrumpet's picture

Kestrel gender

Looks like this bird has a barred tail (photo 1).
Not sure if this throws it's gender into confusion or not?

Troglodyte's picture

Kestrel gender

Sean, Thanks for pointing out the barred tail, I have added a further photo of the same bird and this confirms the barring but all show a grey head! Immatures, and females, have barred tails but usually seem to have moulted to grey by the time they get their grey head.
Unusual, but I stiil think the grey head steers it towards male.

Regards
Dave

browntrumpet's picture

??

Yeah, i'm not at all certain. Maybe it is a young male?
Certainly it's possible for females to have grey (barred) tails (a local one has) and even on rare occassions a grey head but never the blue/grey like the male.