Breeding, habitat use and diet of Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, in urban area in Algeria

Kaf, A., Saheb, M., & Bensaci, E. (2015). Preliminary data on breeding, habitat use and diet of Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, in urban area in Algeria. Zoology and Ecology 25(3): 203–210.  doi: 10.1080/21658005.2015.1057989

Abstract:

The nesting of the Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, was monitored in an urban environment (University of Oum El Bouaghi, 35°52′46″ N, 7°05′28″ E) over three successive years from 2011 to 2013. The mean clutch size was 5.75 eggs/nest. The incubation period was spread over at least 27 days. The hatching success was 0, 50 and 60.83% for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. The size of the hunting area was between 5.92 and 255.07 ha. The diet analyses of Common Kestrel adults showed that their foods included grasshoppers (31.49%), snakes (12.7%), lizards (21.35%) and rock dove chicks (34.45%).

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Algeria

Common Kestrel – Faucon crécerelle (Falco tinnunculus), Algeria (photo copyright: Abdelaziz Mazouz, flickr)