Two adult male Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) in Castille-La-Mancha, Spain - April 2016
The Lesser Kestrel is the other kestrel of Europe, and in many ways its a very different sort of bird despite the similar appearances. Visually the females of both species are almost identical, but in the males there is a distinct lack of markings over the same base colours than differentiates the two, as well as blue-grey on the wings. Unusually for European species, the Lesser Kestrel is a communal falcon, and is also migratory, although the ones in Seville are at least partially resident.
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Widespread Summer migrant to most of the country, though resident in a few locations in the South.- SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: Several seen around central Seville
- MADRID 2015 TRIP: A bird seen on farmland near Madrid
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen at various locations including Laguna del Longar and from the road in locations in Castille La Mancha
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List