Common Kestrel / Cernícalo vulgar
Maximum size: 35 cm / 82 cm wingspan.
Although they can be seen in many different habitats, they prefer clear
spaces near agricultural farmlands or thick forests, cliffs, deserts or
steppes. They favour lagoon areas, provided they can survey their prey
from high positions.
This predatory bird can usually be seen
on the top of buildings where they often nest if there is not too much
Males have brown plumage and their head has a silvery tonality, while
females are more homogeneous in colour, predominantly ochre.
They feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.