Madagascar Kestrel

It can reach a size of 30 cm. The wings are 180 mm to 195 mm at the males and 188 mm to 203 mm at the females. The males can reach a weight between 112 and 118 grams. The weight of the females is up to 128 grams. The head and the nape of the males is rufous grey with dark streaks. A dark moustachial streak running from the basis of the bill backwards to sides of the throat. The upperparts and the wingcoverts are chestnut with black spots. The uppertail coverts are grey with blackish spots. The long flight feathers are blackish brown, the inner webs are covered with white and chestnut spots. The underparts are whitish. The short flight feathers are chestnut coloured and dark banded. The chest, belly and underwing coverts are covered with black spots. The tail is grey coloured. It has six to seven narrow black bars and a broad subterminal bar. All feathers have white tips. In addition there is a rufous phase. At this morph the head and nape are almost black. Body and underwing coverts a

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The Madagascar Kestrel is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Aldabra Kestrel looks similar to the Madagascar Kestrel but it is slightly smaller. The wings are 170 mm to 183 mm at the males and 177 mm to 186 mm at the females. Some females exhibit entirely white underparts. Distribution and habitat - The Madagascar Kestrel has a large range of occurrence and it is native to Madagascar, Mayotte, and the Comores. More

The Madagascar Kestrel usually nests on rock ledges, in buildings, in tree holes, or in the stick nests of other birds, such as the Pied Crow. Four to six eggs are laid, usually in September, and are incubated by the female only, who is fed by the male at regular intervals during incubation. More

Madagascar Kestrel (Falco newtoni)The R More

madagascar kestrel, montagne de francais = madagascar kestrel, montagne de francais by Darren Kidney. To take full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player. Comments view profile Pro User says: Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Friends Of Worldbirds, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. More

A pair of Madagascar Kestrels (Falco newtoni) photographed in Antananarivo. The difference between the dark and pale phases of the kestrel are clear in this picture. Anthony van Zyl A pair of Madagascar Kestrels (Falco newtoni) photographed in Antananarivo. Anthony van Zyl A Madagascar Kestrel (Falco newtoni) chasing a Madagascar Buzzard on the Madagascan plateau. More

The Madagascar Kestrel has two morphs, a light and dark morph. If the number of skins in the trays represent the proportions in the wild, it appears that the dark morph is not as common as the light morph. It is also interesting to note that the dark morph of the Madagascar Kestrel has a similar redish-brown spotted plumage to Rock Kestrel in Southern Africa. More

The Madagascar Kestrel (Falco newtoni) is closely related to the similar American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). (Larry Barnes photo) Home Back Additional information about this image: Created by: Larry Barnes Published by: Missouri Botanical Garden Edited by: Debbie Windus Date edited: 2000/09/20 More

Madagascar Kestrel - Falco newtoni - The birds of prey site of ... - Madagascar Kestrel - Falco newtoni - The birds of prey site of Robert Goedegebuur. Falco newtoni - ...- CLICK HERE to make comments, add a link, or submit content for Falco newtoni Almost all pictures on this site were taken with a Konica Minolta camera WILDMADAGASCAR.ORG WildMadagascar. More

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Author: Neil Strickland
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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Falconidae
Genus : Falco
Species : newtoni
Authority : (Gurney, 1863)