A NOR­MAL KESTREL?

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I have just re­turned from a hol­i­day to Al­bufeira in Por­tu­gal. Each evening along the cliffs in The Old Town were a group, I pre­sume a fam­ily, of Kestrels. The thing that struck me was how pale one of the birds ap­peared to be when hov­er­ing. The pic ap­pears to show quite pale wings with quite a red­dish-brown body. I as­sume this bird is a nor­mal Kestrel but could its col­oration be a Lesser Kestrel? Alan Herbert

QAlthough Lesser Kestrels can be seen in the Al­bufeira area, we’re afraid this is the more com­mon Kestrel. We’d ex­pect a Lesser Kestrel to have a much less streaky breast and un­der­side, and those wings, de­spite look­ing pale, are just not ‘clean’ enough for the species. The adult bird also seems to show ev­i­dence of a dark mous­tachial stripe, which again is fairly con­clu­sive that this is a Kestrel.

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