Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel
In Xinjiang we noted Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni in both the Tianshan and Altai and at various spots in the Jungar Basin. Among the characters distinguishing male Lesser Kestrel (L) from Common Kestrel F. tinnunculus are the sparse, rounded spots on the flanks of male Lesser as well as the lack of a submoustachial stripe on the grey head. Female Lesser Kestrel (R) has fewer marks on underparts and underwings than female Common Kestrel and has more black on the outer primaries. L: Wooded area on G216 (47.544827, 87.898782), elev. 520 m (1,710 ft.), May. R: Ahe’erbulage Cun (46.750637, 86.191788), elev. 1080 m (3,540 ft.), July. (Craig Brelsford)

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