Name: Kestrel

Scientific name: Falco tinnunculus

How to identify: one of our smallest and most common birds of prey. Easy to recognise with its barred brown plumage, reddish back, pale under-parts, black cheek flashes and bar on the tail feathers.

Where: Prefers open countryside where its prey can be hunted from the air and hence can be seen across Exmoor.

Best time to see: all year round

Did you know?  Kestrels do not build their own nests. They use old nests of other large birds or the eggs are laid in a hole in a tree, a crevice or on ledges on buildings.

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