Greater Kestrel

Falco rupicoloides

This large, resident kestrel is often seen sitting on telephone poles in open country. Its rufous, barred appearance, together with its distinctive cream eye colour, make it easy to tell apart from other kestrel species.

We first recorded this species in April 2011 in Nxai Pan Game Reserve, Botswana. Reliable spots for this raptor include the farmlands near Bronkhorstspruit, specifically the roads around Vlaklaagte and the Verdana Spa road.


Greater Kestrel / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 16 June 2014 Greater Kestrel (& Solifugae) / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Greater Kestrel / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Greater Kestrel / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 16 June 2014 Greater Kestrel / Devon farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / 14 March 2015 Greater Kestrel / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Greater Kestrel / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Greater Kestrel / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 16 June 2014 Greater Kestrel / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Greater Kestrel / Old Verdana Road, South Africa Greater Kestrel / Etosha, Northern Namibia Greater Kestrel / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 16 June 2014 Greater Kestrel / Old Verdana Road, South Africa Greater Kestrel / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa Greater Kestrel / Vlaklaagte Roadside Route, South Africa / 16 March 2013
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