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Common Kestrel

A bird of open country that has adapted to the town environment, this species is often seen searching the ground in flight, hovering until it sees prey, and dropping gradually before the final pounce. Prey includes voles, mice, and smaller creatures such as grasshoppers or beetles. In towns and suburbs, sparrows are often taken. Prey is carried to a perch, plucked if necessary, and eaten. For a resting place, the bird often selects a perch with a wide view. The Common Kestrel flies with small, rapid, downward wingbeats interspersed with glides. At times it soars on rising air currents. It is often mobbed by flocks of Common Starlings (seep. .175) or martins (seepp. 209-270). ' NliST A natural hollow on a ledge of a cliff or a building, a cavity in a tree trunk, or an old nest of a larger bird. • DISTKIBI ITION Eurasia and Africa. Northern and eastern populations winter as far south as South Africa, India. China, and Japan.

REMARK Females larger than males.

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