Lesser Kestrel

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Falco naumanni
Malay Name: Rajawali-Padang Cakar Pudar
Chinese Name: 黄爪隼

Range:
Found from northwestern Africa, southern Europe, temperate Asia, Middle-East, northern China to southern Siberia and winters to sub-Saharan Africa and rarely to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 29-32 cm

Identification:
Male resembles Common Kestrel but has plain bluish grey crown/nape/head-sides, plain rufous-chestnut mantle and median coverts and plainer vinous-tinged warm buff underparts with fewer, rounder markings. Female also resembles Common Kestrel but has indistinct moustachial/cheek stripe and no dark line behind eye. Subadult male resembles adult male but may show some dark bars on upperwing coverts and uppertail.

Similar looking species: Common Kestrel

Habitat: Open country, reclaimed land and grasslands.

Behaviour/Ecology:

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


References:
BirdLife International. (2018). Falco naumanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.