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The Kestrel (gheppio in italian; falco tinnunculus) is the commonest daytime raptor in Europe. It is found throughout most of temperate and tropical Europe, Asia and Africa.

It has adapted to a wide variety of habitats but prefers shrubby, more open country provided there are trees, telegraph poles, buildings, etc. on which it can roost.

It seems to have benefited from the building of Motorways whose verges provide a very good habitat for the voles which constitute the bulk of the Kestrel's diet in Europe.

Its hunting technique involves hovering, sometimes at several levels moving closer to the ground, then pouncing on its prey.
The male has a grey head and tail while the female show a brown head and has a barred tail

Taken in oasi of Sant'Alessio in province of Pavia

Update: I am not able to answer to the question of Matt (MoosicMan) but I can show an instructor who gives you the idea of proportion of kestrel and the fact these kestrels (I saw three of them) were flying free.

MoosicMan, carper, Jeppe, singuanti, Gix oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne

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