Lesser Kestrel

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Lesser Kestrel

 

(Cerchneis naumanni), a bird of the family Falconidae of the order Falconiformes. The lesser kestrel ranges from 31 to 34 cm in length. The talons are pale. In the male the back is rust-colored, and the head and tail gray. In the female the upperparts are rust-colored, with dark spots.

The lesser kestrel is found in the steppe zone from northwestern Africa and Spain to northern China. It is migratory, wintering in Africa and southwestern Asia. It breeds in colonies, nesting in burrows, on cliffs, in tree hollows, or even under eaves. A clutch usually contains four or five reddish or ocher speckled eggs. Both the male and female incubate the eggs; the incubation period is about 28 days. The diet consists of insects, small rodents, and lizards. The lesser kestrel is a very beneficial species, destroying grasshoppers and rodents.

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It is home to several globally threatened species of birds and mammals, such as Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus, Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni, Blanford's Fox Vulpes cana and Nubian Ibex Capra nubiana.
Colony connectivity has already been demonstrated for a relative of Eleonora's falcon, the lesser kestrel Falco naumanni, a raptor exhibiting both philopatric and dispersal behaviours within a population (Calabuig et al.
2008: Causes, consequences and mechanisms of breeding dispersal in the colonial lesser kestrel, Falco naumanni.
improvement of nesting conditions for Falco naumanni and recovering its population in the region;
as road victims in our study area, and on the contents of regurgitated pellets (see also next paragraph) collected in roosts of communal species such as White Stork, Montagu's Harrier and Lesser Kestrel, Falco naumanni, observed species were classified as acridivorous or nonacridivorous.
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The case against Portugal concerns the Campo Maior, a special protection area in the Eastern hinterland of the country which is very important for a range of endangered wild bird species such as the Little Bustard, Tetrax tetrax, the Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pterocles orientalis, the Lesser Kestrel, Falco naumanni and, the Great Bustard, Otis tarda.