Common Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus

24 February 2014

Possible regional races (polytypic)
-Falco tinnunculus objurgatus, (Baker,ECS) 1927, BBOC 47 p106
-Falco tinnunculus interstinctus, McClelland, 1840, PZS["1839"] Pt7 no.82 p154
-Falco tinnunculus tinnunculus, Linnaeus, 1758, Syst.Nat.ed.10 p90

Historical notes on Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
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Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus - adult
Winter visitor to whole of India etc.
Few were seen in the afternoon - DD

It feeds on small mammals, birds and insects, but field-mice form its staple diet (ECS Baker-1928).
Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

With prey Barred Buttonquail, Turnix suscitator. Video below
Rasmussen, P.C. & Anderton, J.C. (2005): Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide (2 Volumes), v.1, p.80, v.2, p.117. Published by Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA and Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Blanford, WT. (1895): The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Birds v.3, p.428. Edited by W.T. Blanford. Published under the authority of the Secretary of State for India in Council

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