Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) Peneireiro-das-torres

A migratory falcon that breeds and migrates colonially, Lesser Kestrels are a fascinating species. They prefer insect to larger prey and, unlike their cousin the Common Kestrel, they do not hover for long, seldom more than five seconds, before gliding on to hover again somewhere else. The females of the two species are so similar as to be impossible to tell apart in the field on plumage clues alone, but the male is a different matter. There is a small blue panel on the trailing edge at the base of the wing, but this is seldom easily visible; a much more useful diagnostic feature is the near absence of flecking on the underwing, which at times can almost appear totally white.

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