Lesser Kestrel

      Falco naumanni

      Information

      The Lesser Kestrel is a colonial bird which breeds even in the centre of towns in the Mediterranean area. This insectivore has, however, declined considerably due to increasing use of pesticides in agriculture. It occurs only exceptionally in Switzerland.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      vagrant
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      27-33
      wing span (cm)
      63-72
      Weight (g)
      90-210
      Nest site
      crevices, buildings, cavities in trees
      Food
      insects
      Group
      Falcons
      Habitat
      farmland