Bird GuideFalconsEurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus

At a Glance

The Eurasian replacement for our American Kestrel is a larger bird (a little larger than a Merlin). Widespread across Europe and Asia, it has strayed to our area from both directions, with scattered records for the northeast and for Alaska and British Columbia.
Hawk-like Birds
Low Concern
Coasts and Shorelines, Forests and Woodlands
Flap/Glide, Hovering

Range & Identification


11-13" (29-32 cm). Larger than American Kestrel. Male has reddish brown back, gray tail with black band near tip, gray head. Female is duller brown, heavily barred on upperparts, streaked below.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Rounded, Swept, Tapered
Tail Shape
Long, Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Shrill kee-kee-kee scream, similar to other falcons.