Greater Kestrel (Falco rupicoloides) - HBW 2, p. 261
French: Crécerelle aux yeux blancs
Spanish: Cernícalo Ojiblanco
Other common names: White-eyed Kestrel
Taxonomy: Falco Rupicoloides A. Smith, 1829, South Africa.
May form superspecies with F. alopex, but quite different in ecology and proportions. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- fieldi (Elliot, 1897) - N & E Ethiopia, NW Somalia.
- arthuri (Gurney, 1884) - NE Tanzania, Kenya.
- rupicoloides A. Smith, 1829 - Namibia, Botswana, SW Zambia and Zimbabwe to South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A juvenile perched on a wire and flying away. Locality Sululta Plains, Ethiopia (ssp fieldi)
Josep del Hoyo 24 November 2005 9 years ago 28 sec 3.9
A bird perched on an electric pole Locality Naro Moru, Kenya (ssp arthuri)
Brooke Clibbon 9 December 2002 8 years ago 7 sec 3.7
A bird on the ground feeding on termites Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp rupicoloides)
Josep del Hoyo 15 July 1998 12 years ago 19 sec 3.5
A close-up of a bird Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp rupicoloides)
Jean Michel Erard 31 July 2003 9 years ago 6 sec 2.6
PhotosSee all 21 photos
A bird with prey
Locality Etosha Safari Camp, Okaukuejo, Kunene Region, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Arti 30 weeks ago 4.8
A bird perched
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 21 February 2014 43 weeks ago 4.7
Adult feeding on a striped mouse
Marco Valentini 24 August 2013 1 year ago 4.3
Individual spreading its wings.
Locality Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Pete Morris 1 March 2006 30 weeks ago 4.3
Perched on a bush.
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp rupicoloides)
Fran Trabalon 9 October 2012 2 years ago 4.3
Perched on a post.
Locality Solitaire, Khomas Region, Namibia (ssp rupicoloides)
Ken Havard 5 April 2013 2 years ago 4.2
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