carrying mouse; pale underparts with some spotting (Spain; 2006-06-10)

Lesser Kestrel
Falco naumanni

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes:a small and gregarious open-country kestrel; eats small rodents and large insects such as grasshoppers; nests colonially on inland cliffs and in the hollows of ruined buildings.

black band near end of tail; grey hood; rufous breast (Spain; 2006-06-10)

chicks in a nest cavity in an abandoned building (Spain; 2006-06-10)

chick still showing some down feathers (Spain; 2006-06-10)

chick being posed for picture (Spain; 2006-06-10)