Key information: The Kestrel is the most common bird of prey of Cyprus. It has pointed wings and a long tail, which is closed when it flies, and spread out like a fan when it hovers. It can be seen flapping its wings on the spot until it locates its prey. It nests in cliffs and in tall buildings in the cities. The male is different from the female with a blue-grey head and upper tail.
Length: 31 – 37 cm | Wingspan: 68 – 78 cm
Habitat: Towns and villages, farmland, scrub and bushes
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Invertebrates, small birds, reptiles
In Cyprus: Can be seen all over Cyprus, but less in the forests, as it prefers open areas for hunting
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis