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Mauritius Kestrel

Similar Birds:
 Common Kestrel
 Malagasy Kestrel
 Seychelles Kestrel
 Spotted Kestrel
 Greater Kestrel
 Lesser Kestrel
 Grey Kestrel
 Fox Kestrel

Mauritius Kestrel








Latin Name Falco punctatus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Mauritius
Colour Chestnut Brown & Cream
Length 20 - 26 cms (8 - 10 inches)
Wingspan 45 cms (17.7 inches)
Weight 175 - 225 g (6 - 8 oz)
Life Expectancy Up to 15 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics


The Mauritius Kestrel is a small bird of prey. They have a body length between 20 and 26 cms (8 - 10 inches), a wingspan of approximately 45 cms (17.7 inches) and they weigh between 175 and 225 g (6 - 8 oz).

They are chestnut brown with a cream and brown speckled underside. Their wings are short and rounded and they have a long tail.

Habitat

Mauritius Kestrels are endemic to the island of Mauritius. They were once found in the tropical forests but due to rapid habitat depletion they were introduced to rocky forests and scrub areas.

Diet

Mauritius Kestrels feed on geckos, small birds, small mammals and various species of insects.

Breeding

Mauritius Kestrels are monogamous during the breeding cycle. They nest in the trees and 4 - 5 speckled brown eggs are laid. The eggs are incubated for 28 - 35 days and the chicks are cared for in the nest for 35 days.

Predators



Subspecies

There are no subspecies of the Mauritius Kestrel.

Interesting Facts

The Mauritius Kestrel nearly became extinct due to the destruction of its natural habitat and in the 1970s there were thought to be only 4 - 8 birds left. Due to a successful breeding program, there are now over 500 individuals.
 


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