Greater Kestrel

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The Greater Kestrel or White-eyed Kestrel (Falco rupicoloides) is a bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae. It is one of the largest kestrels and is found in open country in southern and eastern Africa. The bird is 29–37 cm long with a wingspan of 68–84 cm. It occurs in open, arid areas where it inhabits grassland, savannas and semi-desert. It is often associated with acacias. It prefers areas where the ground cover is lower than 50 cm. The Greater Kestrel usually hunts from an exposed perch such as a tree or rock. It also hovers like several other kestrels. It feeds mainly on invertebrates such as grasshoppers, termites, beetles and solifugids. It also takes lizards and sometimes small birds, mammals and snakes.
Greater Kestrel (Falco rupicoloides), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 320
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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- Winner of the “Birds of Southern Africa” challenge for the group “Wildlife of Southern”

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