lesser-kestrel

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) by Carlos González

This one is male. The males are distinguished by grey heads, black spotting and a mustache stripe. The Lesser Kestrel is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China and Mongolia. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan and sometimes even to India and Iraq. Despite its outward similarity, this species appears not to be closely related to the Common Kestrel.